Built to Break

The International System of Bottlenecks in the New Era of Monopoly

Almost unnoticed, the world has become increasingly dependent on one or two suppliers for key materials and parts. How did this happen? The author traces the evolution of a new and powerful trend in international business that goes largely unnoticed. The consequences, however, are clear. The world is far more susceptible than ever before to industrial disruption, and even crashes, due to events in only one country.


Built to Break


Barry Lynn was the director of the Open Markets program at New America. He is author of Cornered: The New Monopoly Capitalism and the Economics of Destruction (Wiley 2010) and End of the Line: The Rise and Coming Fall of the Global Corporation (Doubleday 2005).