Empire of Wealth: The Epic History of American Economic Power

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Harper Collins, 25. 10. 2005 - Počet stran: 496

Throughout time, from ancient Rome to modern Britain, the great empires built and maintained their domination through force of arms and political power. But not the United States. America has dominated the world in a new, peaceful, and pervasive way -- through the continued creation of staggering wealth. In this authoritative, engrossing history, John Steele Gordon captures as never before the true source of our nation's global influence: wealth and the capacity to create more of it.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.
 

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Fantastic book, very easy to read. Goes through in simple terms the economic development of the country, and the importance of capitalism to the American character. Přečíst celou recenzi

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PART I
1
In the Name of God and Profit
21
The Atlantic Empire
37
PART II
57
The Hamiltonian Creation
68
A Terrible Synergy
82
Labor Improbus Omnia Vincit
98
The Jeffersonian Destruction
113
Doing Business with Glass Pockets
223
Was There Ever Such a Business
240
A Cross of Gold
264
PART IV
283
Getting Prices Down to the Buying Power
295
Fear Itself
317
Converting Retreat into Advance
332
PART V
347

New Jersey Must Be Free
132
Chaining the Lightning of Heaven
153
Whales Wood Ice and Gold
167
PART III
189
Capitalism Red in Tooth and Claw
205
The Great Postwar Boom
363
The Crisis of the New Deal Order
382
A New Economy a New World a New War
402
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Strana 58 - Men make their own history, but they do not make it just as they please; they do not make it under circumstances chosen by themselves, but under circumstances directly encountered, given, and transmitted from the past.
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O autorovi (2005)

John Steele Gordon is a columnist for American Heritage and the author of A Thread Across the Ocean, The Great Game, Hamilton's Blessing, and The Scarlet Woman of Wall Street. His writing has appeared in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. He lives in North Salem, New York.

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