It is not gratifying that more-intelligent, better-connected, and widely experienced people have written books about something I noticed many years ago and have even written about. Where I thought I was being cynical, I should have been being afraid.
If you get to the last paragraph, you will find the sad prediction that things will not get better.
And, more on this subject, by another intelligent man...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.