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The Powers That Be is a 1979 book by David Halberstam about the American media. The subjects in the book: CBS · The New York Times · The Los Angeles ...
The Powers That Be is a 1979 book by David Halberstam about the American media.
The subjects in the book:
The Seattle Times called the book, "a monumental X-ray study of power."
"the powers that be"
In idiomatic English, "the powers that be" is a phrase used to refer to those individuals or groups who collectively hold authority over a particular domain. It is a plurale tantum where "be" is the archaic alternative form of "are"; the singular equivalent, "the power that is," is less commonly used. The Powers That Were (TPTW) is also another derivation that is used.
Some examples of "powers that be" are:
Governments, both central and local, and the accompanying civil service
The upper management of a business
Those who control the dissemination of information