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Twain and Warner Were Right - Jack Beatty. Age of Betrayal: The Triumph of Money in America, 1865–1900. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2007. xvii + 483 pp. $30.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-4000-4028-5.

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1 Calhoun, Charles W, ed., The Gilded Age: Perspectives on the Origins of Modern America, 2nd ed. (Lanham, MD, 2007), 1, 240; John Steele Gordon, “Getting the Gilded Age All Wrong,” <http://www.americanheritage.com/articles/web/20070417-railroads-age-of-betrayal-robber-barons-jack-beatty-time-zones-jay-gould-william-mckinley-gilded-age.shtml>. See alsoLewis, Mark, “Cowboys and Robber Barons,” New York Times, 22 July 2007.

2 For balance see Edwards, Rebecca, New Spirits: Americans in the GildedAge, 1865-1905 (New York, 2006); , Edwards, Angels in the Machinery: Gender in American Party Politics fromthe Civil War to the Progressive Era (New York, 1997); Smith-Rosenberg, Carroll, Disorderly Conduct: Visions of Genderin Victorian America (New York, 1985); Clinton, Catherine, The Other Civil War: American Women in the Nineteenth Century, rev. ed. (New York, 1999); andCordery, Stacy A., “Women in Industrializing America,” in The Gilded Age, ed. Calhoun, , 119–42.

2 Bierce, Ambrose, The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary, ed. Schultz, David E. and Joshi, S. T. (Athens, GA, 2000), 184.

4 On the Colton Letters, see Daggett, Stuart, Chapters on the History of the Southern Pacific (New York, 1922), 154–68.

5 For corroborating opinions see also Remnick, David, ed., The New Gilded Age: The New YorkerLooks at the Culture of Affluence (New York, 2000); Phillips, Kevin, Wealth and Democracy:A Political History of the American Rich (New York, 2002); McHugh, Michael, The Second GildedAge: The Great Reaction in the United States, 1973-2001 (Lanham, MD, 2006); Krugman, Paul, “Gilded Once More,” New York Times, April 27, 2007; Uchitelle, Louis, “Age of Riches: The Richest of the Rich, Proud of a New Gilded Age,” New York Times, July 15, 2007; Henwood, Doug, “Our Gilded Age,” Nation, June 30, 2008; Bartels, Larry M., Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age (Princeton, 2008).

6 Frank, Thomas, What's the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America (New York, 2004). But see also Bartels, Larry M., “What's the Matter with What's the Matter with Kansas?Quarterly Journal of Political Science 1:2 (2006): 201–26.

Twain and Warner Were Right - Jack Beatty. Age of Betrayal: The Triumph of Money in America, 1865–1900. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2007. xvii + 483 pp. $30.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-1-4000-4028-5.

  • Glen Gendzel (a1)

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