Dynasties: Fortunes and Misfortunes of the World's Great Family Businesses

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In "Dynasties", award-winning historian, David Landes scrutinizes powerful family businesses in Europe, Japan and America to determine what factors can cause a dynasty to flourish or fail. Drawing on his immense knowledge of economic history, Landes offers a startling new reading of dynastic business history. He provides fascinating insights into business legends, like the brilliant but difficult John D. Rockefeller, who became the richest man in the America of his day yet at the height of his wealth paid his children ten cents to sharpen pencils and wore his suits until they shone, or Henry Ford, maker of the famous Model T motor car, who shunned university graduates and put a former floor-sweeper in charge of his research lab. The life stories of these remarkable individuals contain all the drama and passion expected when extraordinary money, power and kinship interconnect, and are essential reading for anyone with an interest in business and world history.

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From the author of the New York Times bestseller The Wealth and Poverty of Nations, a fascinating look at the crossroads of kin and coin
David S. Landes has earned a reputation as a brilliant writer and iconoclast among economic historians. In his latest acclaimed work, he takes a revealing look at the quality that distinguishes a third of today's Fortune 500 companies: family ownership. From the banking fortunes of Rothschild and Morgan to the automobile empires of Ford and Toyota, Landes explores thirteen different dynasties, revealing what lay behind their successes-and how extravagance, bad behavior, and poor enterprise brought some of them to their knees. A colorful history that is full of surprising conclusions, Dynasties is an engrossing mix of ambition, eccentricity, and wealth.

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