Not going to write a super extensive review, but MacArthur is a talented journalist who put together a good takedown of how NAFTA was passed He spares few in his criticism and provides a really good behind the scenes look at how the Clinton administration worked with the Business Roundtable and other traditionally GOP groups to get the deal passed To boot, the side agreements turned out to be virtually worthless, despite the capitulation of Gephardt on their promise And passage was only secur Not going to write a super extensive review, but MacArthur is a talented journalist who put together a good takedown of how NAFTA was passed He spares few in his criticism and provides a really good behind the scenes look at how the Clinton administration worked with the Business Roundtable and other traditionally GOP groups to get the deal passed To boot, the side agreements turned out to be virtually worthless, despite the capitulation of Gephardt on their promise And passage was only secured with a bunch of promises to random members of Congress But at times, MacArthur seems to brush off things like consumer prices He s a bit too one sided, and I say that as a trade skeptic The Selling of Free Trade was nonetheless a pretty good expose of what modern trade deals look like Undemocratically negotiated, rammed through Congress, overhyped in elite media and political circles The Selling of Free Tradeshows how Washington works to accomplish political or economic goals, even when confronted with widespread popular opposition John R MacArthur chronicles the brutal and expensive campaign inthat led to passage of the poorly understood, highly controversial law creating the North American Free Trade Agreement a book whose prescience has been re asserted during the Trump presidency Are you a progressive who doesn t understand why people hate globalists MacArthur s book is a fine place to start. Well, there s a mix of views in this book, and what started out as a unilateral attack one one party, ended up being and independent criticism of all politicians and businessmen involved in selling out America s workforce, for excessive profits This book was written well before the economic fallout we ve recently witnessed, and it reads like an observance of all the ingredients that were put into place to create the economic disasters faced by many Americans Corporate America basically gutted Well, there s a mix of views in this book, and what started out as a unilateral attack one one party, ended up being and independent criticism of all politicians and businessmen involved in selling out America s workforce, for excessive profits This book was written well before the economic fallout we ve recently witnessed, and it reads like an observance of all the ingredients that were put into place to create the economic disasters faced by many Americans Corporate America basically gutted the middle class workers, and that could have lead to the inability of that class to make payments on mortgages, cover credit debt, and basically sustain itself as wages decreased, and the cost of living increased Simultaneously, jobs were moving out of the country just so big businesses could save on wages and avoid expenditures on environmental regulations that Mexico seemed to lack The Swingline stories, the indifference expressed by the U.S leadership, and the tales of life among laboring Mexicans, all provide an excellent compendium of how U.S free market capitalist ideals are destroying America, and beginning to erode the economies of the world Its a behind the scenes look into one of the most ruthless treaties made NAFTA What started out as a conservative bill only to be pushed and passed by former Dem.Pres.Clinton The topic is of major intrest to me which is why I found this book a good read Good if you want to find out what deals were being made between congress, lobbyist and major CEO s All at the expense of the working class here and abroad.