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Colossus : how the corporation changed America

Author: Jack Beatty
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, ©2001.
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Weaving historical source material with his own analysis, author Beatty traces the rise of the American corporation, from its beginnings in the 17th century through today, illustrating how it has come to loom over the economy, society, culture, and politics. Through readings made up of historical and contemporary documents, opinion pieces, reportage, biographies, company histories, and scenes from literature, all  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Colossus.
New York : Broadway Books, ©2001
(OCoLC)648254088
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jack Beatty
ISBN: 0767903528 9780767903523
OCLC Number: 44076131
Description: xxii, 506 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: The corporate foundations of America. "Of a huge and unknown greatness" --
The Calvinist strain : the ethnic of prosperity ; The corporate roots of American government : from corporation to commonwealth / S. Innes --
Economic metabolism : the New England merchants in the seventeenth century / B. Bailyn --
Trafficking in souls : the slave trade / J.B. Hedges --
The case for and against incorporation : the partnership form of organization : its popularity in early-nineteenth-century Boston / N.R. Lamoreaux --
Legacies : the revolution and the corporation / J. Beatty. A magician's rod, 1820-1869. The (slow) conquest of American space : toward scale and scope / J. Beatty --
Women and children first : the Boston Manufacturing Company / T. Dublin --
A business utopia? : Charles Dickens on the mill girls of Lowell --
The courts and the corporation : Charles River Bridge v. Warren Bridge, 1837 (from the opinion of Roger B. Taney, Chief Justice, U.S. Supreme Court --
The machine in the garden : the American system of manufacturing / J. Beatty --
America on track : the railroads : the first modern business enterprises, 1850s-1860s / A.D. Chandler, Jr. --
The debt : slave labor and the Southern railroads ; Omnipotent without violence : the Civil War and the Sears Roebuck catalog / J. Beatty. The age of incorporation, 1870-1930. "The outstanding fact of modern life" : a riot of individualistic materialism / J. Beatty --
Tarbell's revenge : story of a great monopoly / H.D. Lloyd --
A second opinion : the prospering fathers / P. Johnson --
"Organize or perish!" : bloody Homestead, 1892 / J. Beatty --
PR : AT & T : the vision of a loved monopoly / R. Marchand --
Taylorism : the Cinderella of occupations : managing the work of department store saleswomen, 1900-1940 / S.P. Benson --
"Like trying to screw an elephant" : Ford vs. GM / R.S. Tedlow --
The twenties : the business of America / J. Beatty. Bust to boom, 1930-1973. The American high : oligopoly's golden age / G.D. Smith, D. Dyer --
The corporate surround : the modern corporation and private property / G.C. Means --
The monster : from The grapes of wrath / J. Steinbeck --
Washington Inc. : the military-industrial complex / J. Beatty --
The scientific-industrial complex : making "R" yield "O" : the IBM labs / R. Buderi --
Office politics : "the office in which I work" / J. Heller --
Company men : the other-directed round of life / D. Riesman --
What price success? : from The man in the gray flannel suit / S. Wilson --
Vision and the bottom line : more than profits / J.C. Collins, J.I. Porras. Unbundled, 1973-1999 : U-turn : the crisis of the American corporation / G.D. Smith, D. Dyer --
Blame the Harvard Business School : managing our way to economic decline / R.H. Hayes, W.J. Abernathy --
Management's worst hour : the hostile takeover and its discontents / P.F. Drucker --
Betrayal : reckoning at Safeway / S.C. Faludi --
Polluting the culture : the war on Time Warner / P. Alexander --
Women in a man's world : giving at the office / A.R. Hochschild --
Minority report : what blacks think of corporate America / S. Branch --
Social responsibility : the corporation and society / M. Whitman --
Is democracy catching up to capitalism? : a sea of troubles / J. Beatty.
Responsibility: [edited by] Jack Beatty.
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Weaving historical source material with his own analysis, author Beatty traces the rise of the American corporation, from its beginnings in the 17th century through today, illustrating how it has come to loom over the economy, society, culture, and politics. Through readings made up of historical and contemporary documents, opinion pieces, reportage, biographies, company histories, and scenes from literature, all introduced and explicated by Beatty, he makes a case that the American corporation has been, for good and ill, the primary maker and manager of change in modern America. From the slave trade and the transcontinental railroad to the software giants and the multimedia conglomerates, Beatty shows how the corporation emerged as the foundation of representative government in the United States, as the builder of the young nation's public works, as the conqueror of American space, and as the inexhaustible engine of economic growth from the Civil War to today.--From publisher description.

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