The Company: A Short History Of A Revolutionary Idea

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Modern Library, 2005 - History - 227 pages
22 Reviews
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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Review: The Company: A Short History of a Revolutionary Idea (Modern Library Chronicles #12)

User Review  - Leo Sanchez De Ferrari - Goodreads

I really like how the content is laid out and appreciate the criteria used in selecting what, of all the historical data, to focus on. The reading is light and very entertaining as well as informative. I've read the book three times already, I highly recommend it. Read full review

Review: The Company: A Short History of a Revolutionary Idea (Modern Library Chronicles #12)

User Review  - Tom Plaskon - Goodreads

One of the best books I have read in the last few years. This fundamentally changed how I understood the modern economy/world. 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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