This is a very useful and pertinent book for understanding the foundation for the current Occupy Wall Street movement and indeed for comprehending the nature of all social and environmental movements.
Early predatory industrial history is recounted as well – resulting in laws against monopoly and trusts. Of course, the power of the corporation is a subject well in the spotlight these days. This book is good for giving background, contexts, and history of these relationships, although I think Hawken is decidedly biased against corporate interests. He even admits he has some biases and at least attempts to be fair in some respects. Indeed nowadays we also need to be aware of “activist junk science” meant to discredit environmental safety.