Ever since the first colonists landed in 'The New World', Americans have forged ahead in their quest to make good on the promises of capitalism and independence. This book vividly illustrates the history of business in the United States from the point of view of the enterprising men and women who made it happen.
Weaving together vivid narrative with economic analysis, American Entrepreneur recounts fascinating successes and failures, including: how Eli Whitney changed the shape of the American business landscape; the impact of the Civil War on the economy and the subsequent dominance of Andrew Carnegie and J. P. Morgan; the rise of the consumer marketplace led by Asa Candler, W. K. Kellogg, Henry Ford, and J.C. Penny; and, Warren Buffett's, Michael Milken's, and even Martha Stewart's experience in the 'New Economy' of the 1990s and into today.
It is an adventure to start a business, and the greatest risk takers in that adventure are entrepreneurs. This is the epic story of America's entrepreneurs and the economy they created.
©2009 Larry Schweikart; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
Probably one of the most interesting books I've read, a great book if you are interested in history, business, capitalism, or entrepreneurship, and perfect if you are interested in more than one of those. Full of interesting facts as well as captivating narratives. I give 3 stars only for performance though, because it is read so fast, I listened to most of it at half speed using the Audible mobile app, which was a little too slow.
A fantastic and very well researched work. If you are a student of history and have any sort of interest in entrepreneurship, you will enjoy this book. I just finished my second read and will do so again before the end of the year I think. It is very inspiring.
As all my reviews go, I do the 2 things I disliked the most and the 2 things I liked the best about. Overall, I say the book was a good but long read that covered the history of the individual successful business people that make America great and ended on a low note by turning political. This is for people who want a chronological lesson in history using prominent business people as bookmarks. Here you go;
2 least likable things;
- The format was similar to a college professor lecturing so it was kind of a slow moving book to get thru. It seemed to be needlessly long
- The end turned political and really gave the book a sour taste in my mouth. The authors turned political, giving their own spin at the end, including reshaping of financial events into political debate of Republicans vs Democrats. Ending with "what-ifs" about what may have happened if this political party had done this or that. There is a place for that but I do not like it under the mask of history.
2 good things;
- It is very long and therefor very thorough. It would make great writing or reading for a history paper!
- I enjoyed the overall feeling of the book describing the America system and how individuals have shaped the current environment we have today.
Author tries to cover too many entreprenuers and with that glances over many and often with vague or inaccurate mention of respective achievements. If you are well read in business bios, this book may bother you in the presentation of facts as it does. Too much of a broad overview is also confusing to some readers. I think it would have been better focused on three or four entreprenuers from timely points in our history.
Next in my queue.
This was a historical overview with no characters but merely a listing of people both successful and unsuccessful in business ventures.
Buy a book based upon life of one person rather than relying on one book to accurately cover lives of hundreds.
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