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In the United States, only a few thousand individuals in power make decisions that shape the lives of 300 million people. Elites in government, business, the arts, and mass media direct policy and set the terms of national debates. Yet what do we really know about these individuals and the social worlds they inhabit? This book reports the results of a seven-year research project focused on interviewing 550 senior American leaders for the Platinum Study, the largest of its kind. The book explores dozens of unexpected results about the domains of the powerful,
The path into this elite ecosystem is not the same for everyone, but the men and women in this book are exemplars of the use—and the misuse—of power. Learning from their stories not only teaches readers about influence at the top, but also how we can access and apply power in our own lives, day in and day out. Some of the lessons include: