Cargill: Trading the World's Grain

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Leading business historian Wayne G. Broehl, Jr. offers the first full-scale history of Cargill and its rise to international leadership among the "big five" grain traders, a group whose distinctions are private ownership and a passion for secrecy, even though they deal in the most "public" of commodities, the grains that feed the world.

In Broehl's account the Cargill story becomes a grand narrative history and reveals a classic example of the American tradition of development from a small-scale frontier enteprise to a complex international organization and a successful competitor in global markets. Cargill, International ranks highly on the Forbes list of the 400 largest private companies. Over the years the company has successfully integrated into its operations everything from manufacturing steel to squeezing oranges to turning chickens into McNuggets, but the core business was, and has remained grain, one of the basic building blocks of civilization.

Carefully documented from a rich lode of family and business correspondence made available for the first time, Cargill is history at its best. Wayne Broehl has continued the story of this remarkable company in Cargill: Going Global (1998).
 

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Contents

PART
1
PART TWO GENESIS OF THE MODERN
67
A Panic and Its Aftermath
130
W W s Business Collapses 160 4 W W s Business Collapses
162
PART THREE
197
Farmer Discontent Regulatory Concerns
246
Expanding Eastward a Revolt
280
Centralization and the Endless Belt
315
Transportation in the 1930s
536
The Late 1930s
572
PART FI V E WAR ONCE MORE
615
Rocky Reconversion
686
PART SIX ASSESSING THE JOHN
735
Corporate Leadership Management Losses
786
Cargills Culture
845
Appendix Cargill Elevator CompanyCargill Incorporated
879

Hoovers Farm Board
339
New Elevators Cargills Bank Crisis
375
Poland Argentina Russia 419 11 International Interests Poland Argentina Russia
424
The Great Battle with the Chicago Board of Trade
456
Notes
899
List of Illustrations
965
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WAYNE G. BROEHL, JR. is Benjamin Ames Kimball Professor of the Science of Administration Emeritus, Amos Tuck School of Business Administration, Dartmouth College. His books include Tuck and Tucker: The Origin of the Graduate Business School (1999), John Deere's Company (1984), and the award-winning Molly Maguires (1964).

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