Today’s America is overwhelmed by change. The once mighty empire has lost its dominance in the global economy, and the very existence of the American middle class is at stake. As new movements gain footing, from the Tea Party to Occupy Wall Street, fear and uncertainty divide the nation. In the toxic media landscape, influential television networks openly take sides and free-spending “superpacs” funnel millions into attack ads. Take a bracing look at the media, the money, and the political maneuvering that fanned the flames as the 2012 U.S. election came down to the wire.