Americana

A 400-Year History of American Capitalism
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (21.30 hours)
Product Number: Z100123069
Released: Sep 26, 2017
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780525498599
Publisher: Books on Tape
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An absorbing and original narrative history of American capitalism NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2017 BY THE ECONOMIST From the days of the Mayflower and the Virginia Company, America has been a place for people to dream, invent, build, tinker, and bet the farm in pursuit of a better life. Americana takes us on a four-hundred-year journey of this spirit of innovation and ambition through a series of Next Big Things-the inventions, techniques, and industries that drove American history forward: from the telegraph, the railroad, guns, radio, and banking to flight, suburbia, and sneakers, culminating with the Internet and mobile technology at the turn of the twenty-first century. The result is a thrilling alternative history of modern America that reframes events, trends, and people we thought we knew through the prism of the value that, for better or for worse, this nation holds dearest: capitalism. In a winning, accessible style, Bhu Srinivasan boldly takes on four centuries of American enterprise, revealing the unexpected connections that link them. We learn how Andrew Carnegie's early job as a telegraph messenger boy paved the way for his leadership of the steel empire that would make him one of the nation's richest men; how the gunmaker Remington reinvented itself in the postwar years to sell typewriters; how the inner workings of the Mafia mirrored the trend of consolidation and regulation in more traditional business; and how a 1950s infrastructure bill triggered a series of events that produced one of America's most enduring brands: KFC. Reliving the heady early days of Silicon Valley, we are reminded that the start-up is an idea as old as America itself. Entertaining, eye-opening, and sweeping in its reach, Americana is an exhilarating new work of narrative history.

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Author(s): Bhu Srinivasan
Original Publish Date: Sep 26, 2017

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Author(s): Bhu Srinivasan
Product Number EB00696711
Released: Sep 26, 2017
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: #9780399563805

Professional reviews

"Author Bhu Srinivasan, founder of a media company focused on sharing U.S. economic history, reads a charming personal introduction before the resonant Scott Brick narrates the remaining 21 hours of this informative audiobook. From the Pilgrims of 1620 to Silicon Valley is a lot of ground to cover, and Brick's phrasing artistry and sensitivity to the material help the author's numerous anecdotes feel woven into the same narrative fabric. Srinivasan describes how innovations like the steamboat, the telephone, manufacturing, the stock market, and electronic banking laid the groundwork for the creative commerce and finance that typifies the U.S. economy today. An accessible history with a populist bent, this work leans more on storytelling than analysis. That approach and Scott Brick's engagement make it fun to learn how the Colonies grew to the economic giant we are today. T.W. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"

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