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Coke Industries, Charles Coke, Coke Brothers discussed on Fresh Air

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Christopher leonard author of the new book coke land leonard says charles coke has had some success reshaping the republican party to suit the needs of coke industries but now trump is a threat into that vision the coke brothers charles and david are famous for the wealth. They've amassed through coke industries together. They're worth more than one hundred billion dollars and for creating a powerful political influence network the network is designed to amplify messages pushed by coke industries his support legislation that favors coke needs and goals and defeat legislation that stands in the way of coq prophets coke has used this network to prevent or try to to dismantle regulations that affect the businesses coke industries has its roots in the fossil fuel industry and the cokes have fought against regulating greenhouse gas emissions missions that contribute to climate change charles coke is even tried to remake the republican party according to the new book coke land the secret history of coke industries industries and corporate power in america. My guest is the author christopher leonard. He's a business reporter who covered agribusiness for the a._p. From two thousand five to two thousand twelve christopher leonard welcome to fresh air a lot of people have focused on the politics of the coke brothers. The large part of your book focus focused on the business end of the cook brothers. How they built the fortunes the ways they manipulated politics to enlarge their a fortune <hes> so i want to start by talking with you about the business end of coke industries. Why did you want to focus on that part. What drew me to this. Corporation was the realization that the story of coke industries over the last fifty years really as a history of american capitalism capitalism during that time you can explore our entire economy by telling the story this one corporation and the reason for that is because coke industries is really the hidden giant of the american economy that this is a massive company whose annual revenues or larger than that of facebook goldman sachs and u._s. <unk> steel combined and it's not just the size of coke that makes it important. It's the company's reach into our daily lives. This is a firm that specializes realizes and the.