The Company: A Short History Of A Revolutionary Idea

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Modern Library, 2005 - History - 227 pages
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Chosen by BusinessWeek as One of the Top Ten Business Books of the Year

With apologies to Hegel, Marx, and Lenin, the basic unit of modern society is neither the state, nor the commune, nor the party; it is the company. From this bold premise, John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge chart the rise of one of history’s great catalysts for good and evil.

In a “fast-paced and well-written” work (Forbes), the authors reveal how innovations such as limitations on liability have permitted companies to rival religions and even states in importance, governing the flow of wealth and controlling human affairs–all while being largely exempt from the rules that govern our lives.

The Company is that rare, remarkable book that fills a major gap we scarcely knew existed. With it, we are better able to make sense of the past four centuries, as well as the events of today.

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History from a new perspective.

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Very little attention is paid to industrial history in history books. This book was a very concise way to learn about history through a different perspective. It shows how the economic development of ... Read full review

The company: a short history of a revolutionary idea

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Economist editors Micklethwait and Wooldridge (coauthors, A Future Perfect: The Challenge and Promise of Globalization) present a concise yet sweeping history of the limited-liability joint-stock ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

John Micklethwait oversees coverage of the United States for The Economist. He lives in London. Adrian Wooldridge works for The Economist in Washington, D.C. They are coauthors of A Future Perfect: The Challenge and Promise of Globalization and The Witch Doctors: Making Sense of the Management Gurus.

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