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Rebuilding Empires

by Thomas Lee St. Martin's Press (December 08, 2014)

Rebuilding Empires examines, through retail giants Best Buy and Target, how big box chains are constructing a new future by utilizing mobile devices, social media, and the Internet, the same technologies that...


Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America's Most Powerful and Private Dynasty

by Daniel Schulman Grand Central Publishing (May 20, 2014)

Like the Rockefellers and the Kennedys, the Kochs are one of the most influential dynasties of the modern age, but they have never been the subject of a major biography... until now.

Not long after the death...


Remembering Woolworth's

by Karen Plunkett-Powell St. Martin's Press (April 07, 2014)

Remembering Woolworth's brings back to life all the nostalgia and magic of the famous five-and-dime that captured the hearts of Americans for over a century

Millions of Americans have fond memories of shopping...


Money for Nothing

by John Gillespie & David Zweig Free Press (January 12, 2010)

A Bank of America director questioned the CEO's $76 million pay package in a year when the bank was laying off 12,600 workers and found herself dropped from the board without notice a few months later.

According...


Corporate Culture and Performance

by John P. Kotter Free Press (June 30, 2008)

Going far beyond previous empirical work, John Kotter and James Heskett provide the first comprehensive critical analysis of how the "culture" of a corporation powerfully influences its economic performance,...


Corporation Nation

by Robert E. Wright University of Pennsylvania Press (November 20, 2013)

Drawing on legal and economic history, Robert E. Wright traces the development of corporate institutions in America, connecting today's financial failures to weakened internal corporate regulation.


The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

by Brad Stone Little, Brown and Company (October 15, 2013)

"An immersive play-by-play of the company's ascent.... It's hard to imagine a better retelling of the Amazon origin story." -- Laura Bennett, New Republic Amazon.com's visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn't content...


The Firm

by Duff McDonald Simon & Schuster (September 10, 2013)

The story of McKinsey & Co., America?s most influential and controversial business consulting firm, ?an up-to-date, full-blown history, told with wit and clarity? (The Wall Street Journal).

If you want to be...


Ugly Beauty

by Ruth Brandon HarperCollins (February 01, 2011)

From acclaimed novelist and cultural historian Ruth Brandon comes a captivating dual biography of the legendary founders of the cosmetics industry, Helena Rubinstein and Eugène Schueller, creator of L’Oréal....


The House of Harper: The Making of a Modern Publisher

by Eugene Exman HarperCollins e-books (March 09, 2010)

An updated edition of this definitive history of Harper—a fascinating look into the history of American letters from the unique perspective of one of the country’s most distinguished and enduring publishers—now...


The Chasm Companion

by Paul Wiefels HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

In The Chasm Companion, The Chasm Group's Paul Wiefels presents readers with a new analysis of the ideas introduced in bestselling author Geoffrey Moore's classic books, Crossing the Chasm and Inside the Tornado,...


Fools Rush In

by Nina Munk HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

Every era has its merger; every era has its story. For the New Media age it was an even bigger disaster: the AOL-Time Warner deal.

At the time AOL and Time Warner were considered a matchless combination of old...


Amazon.com

by Robert Spector HarperCollins e-books (March 17, 2009)

In Amazon.com Jeff Bezos built something the world had never seen. He created the most recognized brand name on the Internet, became for a time one of the richest men in the world, and was crowned "the king...


Dot.Con

by John Cassidy HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

The Internet stock bubble wasn't just about goggle-eyed day traderstrying to get rich on the Nasdaq and goateed twenty-five-year-olds playing wannabe Bill Gates. It was also about an America that believed it...


What Caused the Financial Crisis

by Jeffrey Friedman & Richard A. Posner University of Pennsylvania Press (June 06, 2011)

Featuring essays by Nobel laureate economists and an afterword by Richard Posner, this volume provides a comprehensive overview of the collapse of the global financial sector in 2008. It will be essential reading...


Canuckology

by Darrell Bricker & John Wright HarperCollins Publishers (September 20, 2010)

The anonymity of a phone line is the secret to the success for Darrell Bricker and John Wright of Ipsos Reid, the largest market research company in Canada. Ipsos' accuracy in gathering people's thoughts and...


A Million Little Bricks

by Sarah Herman Skyhorse (September 26, 2012)

Toy of the Year, Toy of the Century, Greatest Toy of All Time . . . there aren't many titles that haven?t been bestowed on LEGO toys, and it?s not hard to see why. From its inception in the early 1930s right...


Vermont Firsts and Other Claims to Fame

by Richard B. Smith The History Press (November 02, 2020)

Vermont may be small in population, but it looms large with innovation. The state constitution was the first in America to ban slavery, provide for universal male suffrage and establish a system for publicly...


Development Derailed

by Max Foran Au Press (November 01, 2013)

In June of 1962, the Canadian Pacific Railway announced a proposal to redevelop part of its reserved land in the heart of downtown Calgary. In an effort to bolster its waning revenues and to redefine its urban...


Steinway & Sons

by Laura Lee Smith & Michael Feinstein Arcadia Publishing (October 19, 2020)

Steinway & Sons is a unique entity in American history. Steinway is many things--an iconic piano, an American success story, a symbol of opulence, a metaphor for artistic passion, and a geographic locale. Part...


Hutzler's

by Michael J. Lisicky & Jacques Kelly The History Press (October 30, 2009)

Michael J. Lisicky, the author of several critically acclaimed department store history books, brings out charming stories about this beloved Baltimore institution.

For 132 years, Hutzler Brothers Company was...


Marshall Field's

by Gayle Soucek The History Press (September 10, 2010)

Anyone who has waited in a Christmas line for the Walnut Room's Great Tree can attest that Chicago's loyalty to Marshall Field's is fierce.

Dayton-Hudson even had to take out advertising around town to apologize...


New Orleans Coffee

by Suzanne Stone & David Feldman The History Press (July 22, 2019)

New Orleans history is steeped in coffee. Café du Monde and Morning Call started serving café au lait more than a century ago.

Outside the Cathedral of St. Louis in Jackson Square, early entrepreneurs like...


Remembering Marshall Field's

by Leslie Goddard Arcadia Publishing (May 04, 2020)

or more than 150 years, Marshall Field's reigned as Chicago's leading department store, celebrated for its exceptional service, spectacular window displays, and fashionable merchandise.

Few shoppers recalled...


Smith & Wesson

by Roy G. Jinks & Sandra C. Krein Arcadia Publishing (October 09, 2006)

The most respected of firearm companies, Smith & Wesson explores the guns and company history from 1852 to to 1965. Rarely seen historical photographs, advertisements, and company documents culled from the company...


PEZ

by Shawn Peterson The History Press (August 08, 2016)

PEZ is an American classic and a staple of many childhood memories. Take an inside look, through words and vintage images of this iconic brand.

Yet it originated in Austria, where PEZ began in 1927 as compressed...


Vanishing Ann Arbor

by Patti F. Smith & Britain Woodman The History Press (June 03, 2019)

Ann Arbor has seen many cherished landmarks and institutions come and go - some fondly remembered and others lost to time.

When the city was little more than a village in the wilderness, its first school stood...


H.J. Heinz Company

by Debbie Foster, Jack Kennedy & H.J. Heinz Company Arcadia Publishing (October 09, 2006)

Take a glimpse at one of America's best loved companies and a study in how to "do the common thing uncommonly well."

In 1869, the American diet was a dreary affair. Kitchen staples included bread, potatoes, other...


Kaufmann's Department Store

by The Senator John Heinz History Center, Melanie Linn Gutowski & Rick Sebak Arcadia Publishing (November 13, 2017)

Kaufmann's Department Store was a force in Pittsburgh retail from its humble beginnings in 1871 until its merger with Federated Department Stores in 2006.

The "Big Store" downtown was a landmark shopping emporium...


Thalhimers Department Stores

by Emily Golightly Rusk & Elizabeth Thalhimer Smartt Arcadia Publishing (April 14, 2014)

This book documents the history of Thalhimers department stores, through stories and vintage photographs.

Thalhimers was founded in Richmond in 1842 by German Jewish immigrant William Thalhimer as a humble dry...


Remembering Hudson's

by Michael Hauser & Marianne Weldon Arcadia Publishing (December 06, 2010)

Relive the history of Hudson's department store, a fixture in downtown Detroit , when retailing was an event and the department store ruled the shopping scene and was a Detroit icon.

The J. L. Hudson Company...


Occidental

by Bob Dougherty, Mary Pozzi & Barbara Gonnella Arcadia Publishing (September 07, 2020)

Occidental is a picturesque village in West Sonoma County nestled between the Salmon Creek and Dutch Bill Creek watersheds. William "Dutch Bill" Howard is considered the first permanent European settler in 1849,...


DuPont Forest

by Danny Bernstein The History Press (September 07, 2020)

DuPont Forest protects thousands of acres of trees, five lakes and more than one hundred miles of multiuse trails. It attracts hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers from all over the United States, and its...


Blood and Oil

by Bradley Hope & Justin Scheck Hachette Books (September 01, 2020)

From award-winning Wall Street Journal reporters Justin Scheck and Bradley Hope (coauthor of Billion Dollar Whale), a revelatory look at the inner workings of the world's most powerful ruling family, the royal...


The Dream Architects

by David Polfeldt Grand Central Publishing (August 31, 2020)

The inside story of the booming video game industry from the late 1990s to the present, as told by the Managing Director of Ubisoft's Massive Entertainment (The Division, Far Cry 3, Assassin's Creed: Revelations...


Blood and Oil

by Bradley Hope & Justin Scheck Hachette Books (August 31, 2020)

From award-winning Wall Street Journal reporters Justin Scheck & Bradley Hope (coauthor of Billion Dollar Whale), this revelatory look at the world's most powerful ruling family reveals how a rift within Saudi...


The Dream Architects

by David Polfeldt Grand Central Publishing (September 01, 2020)

The inside story of the booming video game industry from the late 1990s to the present, as told by the Managing Director of Ubisoft's Massive Entertainment (The Division, Far Cry 3, Assassin's Creed: Revelations)....


Market Mover

by Robert Greifeld Grand Central Publishing (October 07, 2019)

The former CEO and Chairman of Nasdaq shares insights and lessons learned from one of the world's largest stock exchanges, detailing the company's transformation from a fledgling U.S. equities market to a global...


Corporate Conspiracies

by Richard Belzer & David Wayne Skyhorse (May 09, 2017)

From New York Times bestselling authors Richard Belzer and David Wayne comes a hard look at the wrongs done to us all by big business in America.

Here is an explosive account of wrongful acts perpetrated, and...


Perfume

by Jean-Claude Ellena Arcade (September 15, 2011)

To women the whole world over, perfume means glamour, and in the world of perfume, Jean-Claude Ellena is a superstar. In this one-of-a-kind book, the master himself takes you through the doors of his laboratory...


The Monster

by Michael W. Hudson Times Books (October 25, 2010)

Who killed the economy?

A page-turning, true-crime exposé of the subprime salesmen and Wall Street alchemists who produced the biggest financial scandal in American history

"It's hard to have a guilty conscience...


The Tycoons

by Charles R. Morris Times Books (October 02, 2006)

"Makes a reader feel like a time traveler plopped down among men who were by turns vicious and visionary."?The Christian Science Monitor

The modern American economy was the creation of four men: Andrew Carnegie,...


Billion Dollar Whale

by Bradley Hope, Tom Wright & Will Collyer Hachette Books (September 18, 2018)

Named a Best Book of 2018 by the Financial Times and Fortune, this "thrilling" (Bill Gates) New York Times bestseller exposes how a "modern Gatsby" swindled over $5 billion with the aid of Goldman Sachs in "the...


My Father's Business

by Cal Turner & Rob Simbeck Hachette Book Group (May 22, 2018)

The first-person account of the family that changed the American retail landscape that Dave Ramsey calls a must-read.

Longtime Dollar General CEO Cal Turner, Jr. shares his extraordinary life as heir to the company...


Reinventing Capitalism in the Age of Big Data

by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Thomas Ramge & John Chancer Hachette Book Group (February 27, 2018)

From the New York Times bestselling author of Big Data, a prediction for how data will revolutionize the market economy and make cash, banks, and big companies obsolete

In modern history, the story of capitalism...


Sons of Wichita

by Daniel Schulman & Allen O’Reilly Hachette Book Group (May 20, 2014)

Not long after the death of his father, whose heart gave out suddenly in November 1967, Charles Koch--then in his early thirties--discovered a letter his father had written when his four sons were small. "My...


Fordlandia

by Greg Grandin Metropolitan Books (April 26, 2010)

The stunning, never before told story of the quixotic attempt to recreate small-town America in the heart of the Amazon

In 1927, Henry Ford, the richest man in the world, bought a tract of land twice the size...


The Plaza

by Julie Satow Twelve (June 03, 2019)

Journalist Julie Satow's thrilling, unforgettable history of how one illustrious hotel has defined our understanding of money and glamour, from the Gilded Age to the Go-Go Eighties to today's Billionaire Row....


Winner Takes All

by Christina Binkley Hachette Books (November 05, 2018)

From Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and culture critic Christina Binkley comes an updated edition of her New York Times bestselling account of sex, drugs, and the rise of Las Vegas. With a new prologue on...


Billion Dollar Whale

by Tom Wright & Bradley Hope Hachette Books (September 17, 2018)

Named a Best Book of 2018 by the Financial Times and Fortune, this "thrilling" (Bill Gates) New York Times bestseller exposes how a "modern Gatsby" swindled over $5 billion with the aid of Goldman Sachs in "the...