An Empire of Wealth: The Epic History of American Economic Power

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Harper Collins, 5. 10. 2004 - Počet stran: 460

Throughout time, from ancient Rome to modern Britain, the great empires built and maintained their dominion through force of arms and political power over alien peoples. In this illuminating work of history, John Steele Gordon tells the extraordinary story of how the United States, a global power without precedent, became the first country to dominate the world through the creation of wealth.

The American economy is by far the world's largest, but it is also the most dynamic and innovative. The nation used its English political inheritance, as well as its diverse, ambitious population and seemingly bottomless imagination, to create an unrivaled economy capable of developing more wealth for more and more people as it grows.

But America has also been extremely lucky. Far from a guaranteed success, our resilient economy continually suffered through adversity and catastrophes. It survived a profound recession after the Revolution, an unwise decision by Andrew Jackson that left the country without a central bank for nearly eighty years, and the disastrous Great Depression of the 1930s, which threatened to destroy the Republic itself. Having weathered those trials, the economy became vital enough to Americanize the world in recent decades. Virtually every major development in technology in the twentieth century originated in the United States, and as the products of those technologies traveled around the globe, the result was a subtle, peaceful, and pervasive spread of American culture and perspective.

 

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Powerful, informative, great learning aid. Yet a fairly easy and entertaining read. The book covers hundreds of years of economic, political and social history but stays lively and engaging through ... Přečíst celou recenzi

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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
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
The Great Postwar Boom
363

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
Doing Business with Glass Pockets
223
The Crisis of the New Deal Order
382
A New Economy a New World a New War
402
Notes
421
Bibliography
433
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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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