An Eerdmans Century

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Sep 14, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 214 pages
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From ten-cent specials for Dutch farmers in the early 1900s to a wide assortment of well over 1,000 titles today, William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has built a solid reputation for producing "the finest in religious literature." Throughout the past century Eerdmans has published an ecumenical blend of thoughtful books by such authors as C. S. Lewis, Karl Barth, John Howard Yoder, Joan Chittister, N. T. Wright, Rowan Williams, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Martin Marty, Eugene Peterson, Pope Benedict XVI and the list goes on.

Occasioned by the Eerdmans centennial celebration, this book by Larry ten Harmsel engagingly tells the company s story. Drawing from first-person interviews, historical documents, and newly unearthed information, ten Harmsel relates how Wm. B. Eerdmans Sr. started and built the American publishing company that bears his name and how Wm. B. Eerdmans Jr. has carried on the family tradition of independent, eclectic religious publishing into the company s 100th year.
 

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Contents

Coming to America
11
The Prosperous Twenties
34
Competition within the Community
50
The War
64
Years of Growth
88
Passing the Torch
107
Becoming a Controversial Publisher
131
Expanding the Vision
144
Onward and Outward
167
The Century Arrives
181
Employees as 0fSummer 201 1
201
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About the author (2011)

Larry ten Harmsel is dean emeritus of the Lee Honors College at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, and historian at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids. His other books include Dutch in Michigan and Fred Meijer: Stories of His Life.

Reinder Van Til is a longtime editor at Eerdmans Publishing Co. His other books include Thin Ice: Coming of Age in Grand Rapids (with Gordon Olson) and Lost Daughters: Recovered Memory Therapy and the People It Hurts.

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