"With a blunt matter–of–fact tone, Briody describes the rise of the two companies from the dusty oil fields of west Texas to the marbled corridors of power in Washington, D.C."Publishers Weekly
"This is a classic American love story of our time. Ambitious influential politician meets beautifully greedy corporation. They are made for each other."The Globe & Mail
In The Halliburton Agenda, Halliburton and its subsidiary, Kellogg, Brown & Root, form the foundation of an intriguing story of cronyism and conflict of interest that has only increased in momentum over the last decade.
Award–winning journalist and bestselling author Dan Briody cuts through the veil of secrecy that cloaks this controversial company, and reveals how the confluence of business and politics has led to questionable deals as well as financial windfalls for Halliburton, its executives, and its subsidiaries.
Halliburton′s inextricable links to politicians and the United States military, its dealings with countries known to sponsor terrorism, and its controversial $2 billion government contract to rebuild Iraq are only the tip of the iceberg. The Halliburton Agenda untangles a complex web of political power plays and deceptive deals revealing how a company with the right connections can finesse its way to success.
PART I: The Early Years.
1. Erle P. Halliburton and the Million–Dollar Boast.
2. The Road to Riches.
PART II: Public Money, Private Profit.
3. The Man Behind the Dam That Built Brown & Root.
4. Guns and Butter.
5. Collateral Damage: The Leland Olds Story.
6. Our Man in Office.
PART III: From Vietnam to Iraq.
7. Vietnam and Project Rathole.
8. Empty Pockets.
9. The Big Score.
10. Backseat Cheney.
11. Fall from Grace.