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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (142 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Adrian Wooldridge, John Micklethwait Narrator: Jonathan Davis Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Modern Library Chronicles Release Date:
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In The Company, the largely unknown history of the joint-stock company is presented by the editors of Economist. One of history’s greatest catalysts, the joint-stock company has dramatically changed the way human beings live, work, and conduct business. With companies now affecting the world on a global scale, it is more pressing than ever before to understand this driving force. A concise and entertaining Modern Library Classic, The Company is a fascinating listen with a reading from narrator Jonathan Davis. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “A swashbuckling journey through the past and into the future of the modern company.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “A highly readable history that manages to be both brief and magisterial.” 

    Washington Post

  • “An entertaining microhistory of an institution that surrounds us everyday, yet about which we know surprisingly little…[The authors] make the case that out standard of living had greatly benefited because of this institution.” 

    USA Today

  • “The authors’ breadth of knowledge is impressive. They infuse their engaging prose with a wide range of cultural, historical and literary references, with quotes from poets to presidents.”  

    Publishers Weekly

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nat | 11/3/2013

    " Breaking bread ... what a wonderful idea. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Thomas | 7/15/2013

    " Good basic information. Needs supplementary works for the serious reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chris Davis | 6/23/2013

    " A good book about the history of the company: how it came into begin and its purpose "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Void lon iXaarii | 6/13/2013

    " Interesting perspective with some nice historical data to put things to the right scale. "

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About the Author

Adrian Wooldridge was educated at Oxford and went on to work for The Economist as West Coast correspondent, social-policy correspondent, and management editor, and is currently Washington, DC, correspondent. Together with John Micklethwait, he has co-authored several books, including The Witch Doctors, A Future Perfect: The Challenge and Hidden Promise of Globalisation, and The Company: A Short History of a Revolutionary Idea.