Recommended Reading

Documentary Films

Koch Brothers Exposed, directed by Robert Greenwald (2012; Culver City: Brave New Foundation).

Billionaire’s Tea Party, directed by Taki Oldham (2011: Joining The Docs).

Books that mention Koch

Greg Palast, Vultures’ Picnic: In Pursuit of Petroleum Pigs, Power Pirates, and High-Finance Carnivores (New York:  Plume, 2012).

Greg Palast and Ted Rall, Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps (New York: Seven Stories, 2012).

Calire Conner, Wrapped in the Flag: A Personal History of America’s Radical Right (Boston: Beacon Press, 2013)

- 8 references to the Koch Brothers

Lee Fang, The Machine: A Field Guide to the Resurgent Right ( New Press, 2013)

- One chapter on the Koch Brothers

Linda McQuaig and Neil Brooks, Billionaire’s Ball: Gluttony and Hubris in an Age of Epic Inequality (Boston: Beacon Press, 2012).

- 10 references to the Koch Brothers

Robert B. Reich, Beyond Outrage: What Has Gone Wrong With Our Economy and Our Democracy, and How to Fix It (New York: Vintage Books, 2012).

- 7 references to the Koch Brothers


The American University School of Communication, The Koch Club: Koch Millions Spread Influence Through Nonprofits, Colleges, by Charles Lewis, Eric Holmber, Alexia Campbell and Lydia Beyound (Washington, D.C, 2013).

The American Progress Action Fund, The Koch Brothers: What You Need to Know About the Financiers of the Radical Right, by Tony Carrk (Washington, D.C, 2011).


David Firestone, “The Koch Brothers’ Advertising Campaign”, The Washington Post, July 9, 2013.

Peter Dreier, “The Koch Brothers Are My Brothers”, The Huffington Post, July 12, 2013.

Eric Lichtblau, “Cato Institute and Koch Brothers Reach Agreement”, The New York Times, June 25, 2012.

David Sassoon, “Koch Brothers Positioned To Be Big Winners If Keystone XL Pipeline Is Approved”, Reuters, February 10, 2011.

David Sassoon, “Koch Brothers’ Political Activism Protects Their 50-Year Stake in Canadian Heavy Oils”, Inside Climate News, May 10, 2012.

Simon Johnson, “The Koch Brothers, the Cato Institute and Why Nations Fails”, The New York Times, March 8, 2012.

Tobin Harshaw, “Who’s Afraid of the Brothers Koch?”, The New York Times, February 25, 2011.

W.W., “The Koch Brothers and the Progressive Master Narrative”, The Economist, May 28, 2011.

Asjylyn Loder and David Evans, “Koch Brothers Flout Law Getting Richer With Secret Iran Sales”, Bloomberg Markets Magazine, October 3, 2011.

Paul Blumenthal, “Koch Brothers Respond To Report On Freedom Partners, Their New Political Organization”, The Huffington Post, September 12, 2013.

Robert Greenwald, “Koch Brothers Bought American Universities, Now the Billionaires Want to Buy Our Free Press…”, The Huffington Post, May 6, 2013.

Robert Greenwald, “Koch Brothers: We’re Victims”, The Huffington Post, May 6, 2013.

Robert Greenwald, “Are the Koch Brothers Lying About the Keystone XL Oil Pipeline?”, The Huffington Post, November 5, 2011.

Julian Brookes, “The Koch Brothers—Exposed!”, The Rolling Stone, April 20, 2013.

Jane Mayer, “Covert Operations: The Billionaire Brothers Who Are Waging A War Against Obama”, The New Yorker, August 30, 2010.

Bruce Watson, “The Koch Brothers’ Secret Bank: How What You Buy Affects Our Politics”, Daily Finance, September 12, 2013.

David Folkenflik, “Koch Brothers’ Newspaper Takeover Could Spark ‘Cultural Clash’”, npr, April 26, 2013.

Mike Allen and Jim Vandehei, “Exclusive: The Koch Brothers’ Secret Bank”, Politico, September 11, 2012.

Lee Fang, “Not Just Goldman Sachs: Koch Industries Hoards Commodities as a Trading Strategy”, The Nation, July 22, 2013.

Lee Fang, “Koch-Funded Group to Youth: You’re Better Off Uninsured”, The Investigative Fund, September 19, 2013.

John Nichols, “How a Koch Brothers ‘Business League’ Spent $236 Million to Frame the Debate”, The Nation, September 12, 2013.

John Nichols, “Paul Ryan’s Choice: Constituents or Koch Brothers?”, The Nation, August 22, 2013

Katrina Vanden Heuvel, “Koch Brothers Exposed”, The Nation, April 23, 2013.


Jane Mayer, “The Koch Brothers in California?”, The New Yorker, October 25, 2013.

Ari Berman, “Romney’s Koch Brothers Connections”, The Nation, February 24, 2012.

Paul Farhi, “Billionaire Koch Brothers Use Web to Take On Media Reports they Dispute”, The Washington Post, July 14, 2012.