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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: March 2003 ISBN: 9781436146708
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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

Listener Opinions

  • 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 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 Void lon iXaarii | 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 Grant | 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 Jakubik | 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 Scholz | 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). "

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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.

About the Narrator

Jonathan Davis has received widespread critical acclaim for his narration in a variety of genres. He has won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2009, 2011, and 2012, as well as being a finalist for an Audie in 2007, 2013, and three times in 2014. He has also garnered accolades from Publishers Weekly, USA Today, and AudioFile magazine and has earned more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards.