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From Silk to Silicon Audiobook

From Silk to Silicon: The Story of Globalization Through Ten Extraordinary Lives

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From Silk to Silicon tells the story of who these men and women were, what they did, how they did it, and how their achievements continue to shape our world today. They include:

  • Genghis Khan, who united east and west by conquest and by opening new trade routes built on groundbreaking transportation, communications, and management innovations.
  • Mayer Amschel Rothschild, who arose from an oppressive Jewish ghetto to establish the most powerful bank the world has seen and ushered in an era of global finance.
  • Cyrus Field, who became the father of global communications by leading the effort to build the transatlantic telegraph, the forerunner to global radio, TV, and the worldwide Internet.
  • Margaret Thatcher, whose controversial policies opened the gusher of substantially free markets that linked economies across borders.
  • Andy Grove, a Hungarian refugee from the Nazis who built the company - Intel - that figured out how to manufacture complex computer chips on a mass commercial scale and laid the foundation for Silicon Valley's computer revolution.

Through these stories Garten probes critical questions, such as: How much influence can any one person have in fundamentally changing the world? From Silk to Silicon is an essential book to understanding the past - and the future - of the most powerful force of our times.

©2016 Jeffrey E. Garten. (P)2016 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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    Michael E. Brunette Sheboygan, WI, USA 09-15-16
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    people make the world, things don't just happen and this book really drives that home. This is a great piece of motivational history for those who dream.

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    Michael NY, NY, United States 06-06-16
    Michael NY, NY, United States 06-06-16
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    Where does From Silk to Silicon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the top, the author has just the right sense of detail, he's know's your curiosity level, and knows when add details, and when to stream line. The stories are well researched, fascinating, and wonderful.


    What other book might you compare From Silk to Silicon to and why?

    Sorry, nothing comes to mind.


    What does Tom Perkins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does a fine job, (not a good question)


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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    This is great for a person who is interested in technology history, (starting very early 1500's). It's very well written, well researched, and no major faults. Highly recommend. (Ps Im into audible, some 70+ books).

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    Marilyn 05-22-16
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    "Great history of trade and commerce"
    Would you listen to From Silk to Silicon again? Why?

    yes, because it provides great context to connect cultural expansion, integration, and wealth by way of trade/commerce


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