An optimist would say that democracy is pure. Freed from the hands of the rich and powerful, a democracy is the voice of the people. A pessimist, or at least someone who reads the news would say otherwise.
In 2016, journalist Jane Mayer published Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right. In this non-fiction book, Ms. Mayer writes about the Koch Brothers and other ultra-wealthy families who have used their money and influence to influence Washington D.C. and push their politically conservative views on the rest of America.
This book is nothing short of a revelation, especially those whose political views are more to the left. It is also quite scary because it reveals that our democracy is not as pure as we would think it to be.
I absolutely recommend it.