The Entrepreneurial Adventure: A History of Business in the United States

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Harcourt College Publishers, 1999 - History - 599 pages
[This book] examines American business and economic history, paying close attention to the structures and relationships between individuals and public policy that have resulted in such unprecedented wealth creation. Crammed into this survey of trends in the American economy since the 1600s are dozens of snapshots of individual entrepreneurs. The story is often the same: Aged, sick, bankrupt, down on their luck, American entrepreneurs rarely came from the fortunate strata of society but instead overcame obstacles with a matchless determination that is inspirational to all people, whether in business or in other careers. While individuals accounted for the critical breakthroughs in the American economy, [this book] also pays attention to both government policy and economic thought of the day. Long-standing, but quite erroneous, myths are debunked, including the notions that the Great Depression was caused by business failures or that the 1980s were a "decade of greed." What emerges is a story of businesses and people, of victory over impressive obstacles, and of the resulting tide of prosperity that has made the American economy the envy of the world. -Back cover.

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Contents

EntrepreneursThe Essence of Enterprise
1
European Settlement and Business Enterprise
25
on the Colonists?
54
Copyright

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About the author (1999)

Larry Schweikart was born in Mesa, Arizona on April 21, 1951. He received a B.A. in political science in 1972 and an M.A. in history in 1980 from Arizona State University and a Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1984. He taught for one year at the University of Wisconsin before taking a position at the University of Dayton, where he still teaches. He has written more than 20 books on national defense, business, and financial history. His works include The Entrepreneurial Adventure; A Patriot's History of the United States: From Columbus's Great Discovery to the War on Terror; America's Victories: Why the U.S. Wins Wars and Will Win the War on Terror; and 48 Liberal Lies About American History: (That You Probably Learned in School).

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