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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 historys 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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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, Micklethwait and Wooldridge chart the rise of one of history's great catalysts for good and evil.

About the Author

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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Product Details

ISBN:
9780812972870
Author:
Micklethwait, John
Publisher:
Modern Library
Author:
Wooldridge, Adrian
Subject:
General
Subject:
Economic History
Subject:
Corporate & Business History - General
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Business-History and Biography
Subject:
history;business;economics;non-fiction;economic history
Subject:
business history;economic history;innovation;joint-stock company;19th century history;business and economics;corporate history
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Modern Library Chronicles
Series Volume:
A Short History of a
Publication Date:
20050131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.06x5.22x.61 in. .47 lbs.

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