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The Resource American enterprise : a history of business in America, contributers edited by Andy Serwer ; introduction by David K. Allison ; contributions by Peter Liebhold ; contributions by Nancy Davis ; contributions by Kathleen G. Franz

American enterprise : a history of business in America, contributers edited by Andy Serwer ; introduction by David K. Allison ; contributions by Peter Liebhold ; contributions by Nancy Davis ; contributions by Kathleen G. Franz

Label
American enterprise : a history of business in America
Title
American enterprise
Title remainder
a history of business in America
Statement of responsibility
contributers edited by Andy Serwer ; introduction by David K. Allison ; contributions by Peter Liebhold ; contributions by Nancy Davis ; contributions by Kathleen G. Franz
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "What does it mean to be an American? What are American ideas and values? American Enterprise, the companion book to a major exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, aims to answer these questions about the American experience through an exploration of its economic and commercial history. It argues that by looking at the intersection of capitalism and democracy, we can see where we as a nation have come from and where we might be going in the future.Richly illustrated with images of objects from the museum's collections, American Enterprise includes an early Thomas Edison light bulb, a wheat thresher, a Barbie doll, a Google server, and many other goods and services that have shaped American culture. Historical and contemporary advertisements are also featured, emphasizing the evolution of the relationship between producers and consumers over time. Interspersed in the historical narrative are essays from today's industry leaders--including Sheila Bair, Adam Davidson, Bill Ford, Sally Greenberg, Fisk Johnson, Hank Paulson, Richard Trumka, and Pat Woertz--that pose provocative questions about the state of contemporary American business and society. American Enterprise is a multi-faceted survey of the nation's business heritage and corresponding social effects that is fundamental to an understanding of the lives of the American people, the history of the United States, and the nation's role in global affairs"--
  • "American Enterprise is a dramatic exploration of how the United States transformed from a small dependent nation into one of the world's most vibrant and trend-setting economies. This companion book to the National Museum of American History's exhibition of the same name argues that the American experience has been shaped by economic and commercial philosophies. Founding ideals of capitalism and democracy fostered national values of competition and innovation. These values in turn became the building blocks of American business and sparked a tradition of constant creative destruction. The ongoing transformation of the marketplace has provided opportunities for many, benefits for some, and hardships for others. This powerful book explores the perspectives of both producers and consumers and illustrates the complex interplay between these two groups throughout history. It does so through four major eras: Merchant (1770s - 1850s), Corporate (1860s - 1930s), Consumer (1940s - 1970s), and Global (1980s - 2010s). The goods, machinery, advertisements, and business leaders of each era are brought to life with objects from the Smithsonian's unparalleled collections and explanations by the exhibition's curators. Each era concludes with two essays by famous and influential business leaders who play off the history to pose provocative questions about the state of contemporary American business and society. American Enterprise provides an understanding of the nation's business heritage and corresponding social effects that is fundamental to the lives of the American people, the history of the United States, and the nation's role in global affairs"--
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Dewey number
338.0973
Index
no index present
LC call number
HF3021
LC item number
.A44 2015
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Allison, David K
  • Davis, Nancy
  • Franz, Kathleen
  • Liebhold, Peter
  • Serwer, Andy
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.)
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  • National characteristics, American
  • Democracy
  • Capitalism
  • United States
  • United States
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American enterprise : a history of business in America, contributers edited by Andy Serwer ; introduction by David K. Allison ; contributions by Peter Liebhold ; contributions by Nancy Davis ; contributions by Kathleen G. Franz
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9781588344960.jpg
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Publication
Note
A companion book to the National Museum of American History's exhibition of the same name
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 204-205) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
224 pages
Isbn
9781588344960
Lccn
2014027166
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • ocn885224501
  • 1483116
Label
American enterprise : a history of business in America, contributers edited by Andy Serwer ; introduction by David K. Allison ; contributions by Peter Liebhold ; contributions by Nancy Davis ; contributions by Kathleen G. Franz
Link
9781588344960.jpg
Publication
Note
A companion book to the National Museum of American History's exhibition of the same name
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 204-205) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
224 pages
Isbn
9781588344960
Lccn
2014027166
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • ocn885224501
  • 1483116

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