The Company: A Short History of a Revolutionary Idea

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Random House Publishing Group, Mar 4, 2003 - History - 227 pages
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From the acclaimed authors of A Future Perfect comes the untold story of how the company became the world’s most powerful institution.

Like all groundbreaking books, The Company fills a hole we didn’t know existed, revealing that we cannot make sense of the past four hundred years until we place that seemingly humble Victorian innovation, the joint-stock company, in the center of the frame.

With their trademark authority and wit, Economist editors John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge reveal the company to be one of history’s great catalysts, for good and for ill, a mighty engine for sucking in, recombining, and pumping out money, goods, people, and culture to every corner of the globe. What other earthly invention has the power to grow to any size, and to live to any age? What else could have given us both the stock market and the British Empire? The company man, the company town, and company time? Disneyfication and McDonald’sization, to say nothing of Coca-colonialism? Through its many mutations, the company has always incited controversy, and governments have always fought to rein it in. Today, though Marx may spin in his grave and anarchists riot in the streets, the company exercises an unparalleled influence on the globe, and understanding what this creature is and where it comes from has never been a more pressing matter. To the rescue come these acclaimed authors, with a short volume of truly vast range and insight.


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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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Contents

UTOPIA LIMITED
1MERCHANTSANDMONOPOLISTS3000 BCAD 1500
2IMPERIALISTSANDSPECULATORS15001750
3A PROLONGEDANDPAINFULBIRTH17501862
4THERISE OFBIGBUSINESSINAMERICA18621913
5THERISE OFBIGBUSINESSINBRITAINGERMANYANDJAPAN18501950
6THE Triumph OFMANAGERIALCAPITALISM19131975
7THECORPORATEPARADOX19752002
MULTINATIONALS18502002
THE FUTURE OF THE COMPANY
BIBLIOGRAPHIC NOTE
NOTES
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
THE MODERN LIBRARY EDITORIAL BOARD
Copyright

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About the author (2003)

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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