The Puritan Gift: Reclaiming the American Dream Amidst Global Financial Chaos

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I.B.Tauris, Feb 23, 2007 - Business & Economics - 334 pages
Financial Times Top Ten Business Book of 2007! The Puritan Gift traces the origins and the characteristics of American managerial culture which, in the course of three centuries, would turn a group of small colonies into the greatest economic and political power on earth. It was the Protestant ethic whose characteristics--thrift, a respect for enquiry, individualism tempered by a need to cooperate, success as a measure of divine approval--helped to create the conditions which led to America's managerial and corporate success. Thus, the authors contend, the drive, energy and acceptance of innovation, competition, growth and social mobility, all have their origins in the discipline and ethos of America's first wave of European immigrants: the Puritans. And, the authors warn, as Americans distance themselves from core values which produced their nineteenth and twentieth century business and economic successes, they endanger the basis for their prosperity and security.
 

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Perhaps someone should be aware that those looking here for a preview of "The Puritan Gift," ed. Hopper and Hopper, will instead find a preview of "Joseph Beuys: A Reader," ed. Mesch and Michely.

Contents

Letter to JeanFrancois Chevrier 1997 excerpt
16
Beuys and his Challengers
19
Beuys Haacke Broodthaers 1988
50
The Twilight of the Idol 1980
109
Discontinuous Notes on and after a Meeting
127
Joseph Beuys or the Last of the Proletarians 1988
134
Beuys and Romanticism 1986 excerpt
151
No to Joseph Beuys 1997
170
Peter Burger
264
The Reception of Joseph Beuys in the USA
287
Joseph Beuys and Surrealism 1997
320
Acknowledgements xiv
354
Rise 47
47
Triumph 91
91
Three Wise Men from the West Go to Japan 108
108
Collapse The Cult of the Socalled Expert 125
125

Questions? You have Questions?
177
Talks at Documenta V
189
Uberblick Series on the Parliamentary
218
Joseph Beuys 1985 excerpt
233
Revival 253
253
Index 328
328
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Kenneth Hopper has been active for 50 years as a writer on industrial affairs and a consultant in both the U.S. and Europe. William Hopper has spent his career in investment banking in New York and London.

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