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In this wide ranging book Garten (The Politics of Fortune) former dean of the Yale School of Management identifies 10 transformational individuals who laid the foundation for modern globalization. He begins with Genghis Khan who conquered and united the vast Mongol Empire and moves chronologically as he profiles Prince Henry of Portugal whose fearless naval expeditions set in motion the Age of Exploration; Robert Clive the merchant soldier who laid the basis for the British Empire; Mayer Amschel Rothschild whose dealings represented the beginnings of global financial markets; Cyrus Field layer of the first transatlantic telegraph cable which set the stage for modern telecommunications; John D. Rockefeller the businessman whose companies anticipated today’s multinational corporations; Jean Monnet who coordinated the establishment of the European Union; Margaret Thatcher the free market evangelist who linked Britain’s economy with the world’s; Andrew Grove the manager who made Intel a leader in the microprocessor industry; and Deng Xiaoping the modernizing Chinese leader whose market reforms brought hundreds of millions of people into the global economy. Garten recognizes each figure’s unique skills and qualities as well as their evils. It’s an unapologetically neoliberal take on history but Garten is correct that each contribution reverberates in the present. Maps and illus. Agent: James Levine Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
The story of globalization, the most powerful force in history, as told through the life and times of ten people who changed the world by their singular, spectacular accomplishments.
This is the first book to look at the history of globalization through the lens of individuals who did something transformative, as opposed to describing globalization through trends, policies, or particular industries. 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 Jeffrey E. Garten finds the common links between these figure and probes critical questions including: How much influence can any one person have in fundamentally changing the world? And how have past trends in globalization affected the present and how will they shape the future? From Silk to Silicon is an essential book to understanding the past and the future of the most powerful force of our times.