Charles Koch is a controversial figure in America. The billionaire industrialist and philanthropist owns massive political power, which he’s not shy about using to push forward his causes and vision. Koch, an MIT-educated engineer, has just published his perspective on that vision: Good Profit: How Creating Value for Others Built One of the World’s Most Successful Companies. With the book, Koch hopes to straighten out what he considers some common misconceptions about his philosophy and agenda.
Whatever one thinks of Koch’s politics, there’s little argument that he gets the book off to an elegant start with his dedication — which finds a touch of the romantic in the capitalist engineer. Koch writes: “I dedicate this book to Liz, my wife of forty-three years. If I had searched the world over I could not have found a better mate — loving supportive, smart, insightful, courageous, and a constant source of joy.” If you are going to laud conservative family values as a key part of your vision, a 43-year marriage is a pretty good place to start.