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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (48 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David S. Landes Narrator: Alan Sklar Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Through perseverance, solid ingenuity, and unwavering determination, family-run companies—dynasties—have dominated wealth and business throughout the last two centuries. One third of Fortune 500 firms are family-owned and, in most cases, the ideal of the family business is one synonymous with continuity, watchful leadership, and dedication to success. But what happens when bad behavior, extravagance, and laziness—all very real enemies of industry—are allowed to proliferate?

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  • “Sklar’s narration is understated, keeping the stories well paced but avoiding a salacious tone. He often makes it seem as if the listener is being told an anecdote by a friend.”


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sergei Nemirovsky | 2/7/2009

    " Interesting, but not exceptional. "

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About the Author
Author David S. Landes

David S. Landes (1924–2013) was a professor emeritus of economics at Harvard University and retired professor of history at George Washington University. He is the author of Revolution in Time, The Unbound Prometheus, The Wealth and Poverty of Nations, and Dynasties. Such works have received both praise for detailed retelling of economic history, as well as scorn on charges of blatant Eurocentrism, a charge he embraces explicitly, arguing that an explanation for an economic miracle that happened originally only in Europe must of necessity be a Eurocentric analysis. Landes earned a PhD from Harvard University in 1953 and an AB from City College of New York in 1942.