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Author: Adrian Wooldridge, John Micklethwait Narrator: Jonathan Davis Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Modern Library Chronicles Release Date: March 2003 ISBN: 9781440798900
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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!

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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 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 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 Chris | 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 Void | 6/13/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 1/20/2013

    " A should-read book on middle management for knowledge workers, managers, executives, and entrepreneurs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Evan | 12/4/2012

    " A beautifully written (as non-fiction books go), well-argued history and defense of the joint-stock company (corporations). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 JuliAnna | 11/8/2012

    " Mildly interesting history told from deep within a laissez faire capitalist ideological perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 10/8/2012

    " Excellent brief history of the limited liability corporation, and a very interesting intro to the critical role that the corporation has played in western history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bernadine | 8/4/2012

    " Fascinating from an anthropological perspective...how much of what we take for granted in our culture is based on corporate history. I also appreciate that the authors presented the company as neither demon nor savior. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 7/28/2012

    " One of those books that perfectly fills a niche. This a very interesting and very readable short history of the joint-stock company. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Antonia | 12/10/2011

    " Great coverage of a shockingly unrepresented historical movement. Everything from the Virginia company which developed America itself to Microsoft! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 1/13/2011

    " Excellent brief history of the limited liability corporation, and a very interesting intro to the critical role that the corporation has played in western history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 8/7/2010

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 1/10/2009

    " One of those books that perfectly fills a niche. This a very interesting and very readable short history of the joint-stock company. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bernadine | 8/27/2008

    " Fascinating from an anthropological perspective...how much of what we take for granted in our culture is based on corporate history. I also appreciate that the authors presented the company as neither demon nor savior. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 JuliAnna | 7/15/2008

    " Mildly interesting history told from deep within a laissez faire capitalist ideological perspective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thomas | 5/24/2008

    " 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 Nat | 1/4/2008

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Antonia | 12/22/2007

    " Great coverage of a shockingly unrepresented historical movement. Everything from the Virginia company which developed America itself to Microsoft! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patrick | 7/22/2007

    " The book I started with when I decided to learn more about business and how it works. Fairly interesting, moreso if you don't know anything about business history...

    Definitely a subject worthy of the Modern Library Chronicles series... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Evan | 6/10/2007

    " A beautifully written (as non-fiction books go), well-argued history and defense of the joint-stock company (corporations). "

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.

About the Narrator

Jonathan Davis has been inducted into the Audible Narrator Hall of Fame. A three-time recipient and fourteen-time nominee of the Audie Award, he has earned accolades for his narration from the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, the American Library Association, Booklist, the Audio Publishers Association, AudioFile magazine, and USA Today. He has narrated a variety of bestsellers and award-winners for top publishing houses. He also narrated over forty titles of the Star Wars franchise for Lucasfilm Ltd./PRH Audio, including several iconic movie tie-ins, has participated with Star Wars Celebration, and has built a significant fan base. His work as a narrator includes films and programming for National Geographic Television, NOVA, PBS, VH1, and Francis Ford Coppola. He grew up in Puerto Rico and speaks Spanish, Portuguese, and Hebrew.