The Company: A Short History of a Revolutionary Idea (Google eBook)
Random House Publishing Group, Mar 4, 2003 - History - 227 pages
From the acclaimed authors of A Future Perfect comes the untold story of how the company became the world’s most powerful institution.
Like all groundbreaking books, The Company fills a hole we didn’t know existed, revealing that we cannot make sense of the past four hundred years until we place that seemingly humble Victorian innovation, the joint-stock company, in the center of the frame.
With their trademark authority and wit, Economist editors John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge reveal the company to be one of history’s great catalysts, for good and for ill, a mighty engine for sucking in, recombining, and pumping out money, goods, people, and culture to every corner of the globe. What other earthly invention has the power to grow to any size, and to live to any age? What else could have given us both the stock market and the British Empire? The company man, the company town, and company time? Disneyfication and McDonald’sization, to say nothing of Coca-colonialism? Through its many mutations, the company has always incited controversy, and governments have always fought to rein it in. Today, though Marx may spin in his grave and anarchists riot in the streets, the company exercises an unparalleled influence on the globe, and understanding what this creature is and where it comes from has never been a more pressing matter. To the rescue come these acclaimed authors, with a short volume of truly vast range and insight.
From the Hardcover edition.
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Review: The Company: A Short History of a Revolutionary Idea (Modern Library Chronicles #12)User Review - Vedran Kuljanin - Goodreads
Good book. Easy read and accounts for ancient history to our present day, with three different potential futures of the company as a conclusion. It was interesting to learn how the idea developed and what positives and negatives came from the company. Recommended for sure Read full review
Review: The Company: A Short History of a Revolutionary Idea (Modern Library Chronicles #12)User Review - Hao Deng - Goodreads
Not finished, but already giving this a 5. Read full review
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