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Business Books in E-Format: Biographies
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Great Economic Thinkers by Jonathan ConlinGreat Economic Thinkers presents an accessible introduction to the lives and works of thirteen of the most influential economists of modern times: Adam Smith, David Ricardo, John Stuart Mill, Karl Marx, Alfred Marshall, Joseph Schumpeter, John Maynard Keynes, and Nobel Prize winners Friedrich Hayek, Milton Friedman, John Forbes Nash, Jr., Daniel Kahneman, Amartya Sen, and Joseph Stiglitz. Free from confusing jargon and equations, the book describes key concepts put forward by these thinkers and shows how they have come to shape how we see ourselves and our society. Readers will consider the role played by the division of labor, wages and rents, cognitive biases, saving, entrepreneurship, game theory, liberalism, laissez-faire, and welfare economics. All of the economists featured have had a profound influence on our attitudes towards market intervention and regulation, taxation, trade, and monetary policy. Each of the chapters--all written by an acknowledged expert--combines a biographical outline of a single thinker with critical analysis of their contribution to economic thought. If you've ever wanted to find out more about the theorists who gave us the invisible hand, Marxism, Keynesianism, creative destruction, behavioral economics, and many other foundational concepts of economics, this collection of essays is the perfect place to start.
Publication Date: 2019-01-15
Business 101 - Influential Leaders to Know by Susan Romberg; Kyle RombergEvery successful business leader, knowledgeable professional, and student knows something about the most influential leaders in business through history and today. Quick access to these leaders and their impact on the business world, leadership strategies, and business trajectories gives you the power of that knowledge in your hand for at a glance reference. Use a leader's background to open a discussion or kick off a meeting, to inspire colleagues, or use the guide to inspire yourself to tackle a day, a week or a tough project. Many of the biggest business leaders struggled, persevered, and inspired many around them to do the same. Have this handy guide ready to do the same for you. 6-page laminated guide includes: - What Makes a Business Leader Influential - Early Influencers (late-19th to early-20th Century) Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937) Aaron Montgomery Ward (1844-1913) Anna Bissell (1846-1934) Henry Ford (1863-1947) Gerard Swope (1872-1957) - Big Business Builders (Mid-20th Century) Thomas Watson Sr. (1874-1956) Walt Disney (1901-1966) Ray Kroc (1902-1984) Sam Walton (1918-1992) Mary Kay Ash (1918-2001) - Technology, Brand & Media Giants (Late-20th Century) Herb Kelleher (1931-) Phil Knight (1938-) Steve Jobs (1955-2011) Bill Gates (1955-) Robert L. Johnson (1946-) Arthur Blank (1942-) Bernie Marcus (1930-) Oprah Winfrey (1954-) Howard Schultz (1953-) - Digital Disruptors (21st Century) Jeff Bezos (1964-) Sergey Brin (1973-) Larry Page (1973-) Elon Musk (1971-) Mark Zuckerberg (1984-) - A Look to the Future - Trends in Leadership
Publication Date: 2017-11-01
Katharine and R. J. Reynolds by Michele GillespieSeparately they were formidable--together they were unstoppable. Despite their intriguing lives and the deep impact they had on their community and region, the story of Richard Joshua Reynolds (1850-1918) and Katharine Smith Reynolds (1880-1924) has never been fully told. Now Michele Gillespie provides a sweeping account of how R. J. and Katharine succeeded in realizing their American dreams. From relatively modest beginnings, R. J. launched the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, which would eventually develop two hugely profitable products, Prince Albert pipe tobacco and Camel cigarettes. His marriage in 1905 to Katharine Smith, a dynamic woman thirty years his junior, marked the beginning of a unique partnership that went well beyond the family. As a couple, the Reynoldses conducted a far-ranging social life and, under Katharine's direction, built Reynolda House, a breathtaking estate and model farm. Providing leadership to a series of progressive reform movements and business innovations, they helped drive one of the South's best examples of rapid urbanization and changing race relations in the city of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Together they became one of the New South's most influential elite couples. Upon R. J.'s death, Katharine reinvented herself, marrying a World War I veteran many years her junior and engaging in a significant new set of philanthropic pursuits. Katharine and R. J. Reynolds reveals the broad economic, social, cultural, and political changes that were the backdrop to the Reynoldses' lives. Portraying a New South shaped by tensions between rural poverty and industrial transformation, white working-class inferiority and deeply entrenched racism, and the solidification of a one-party political system, Gillespie offers a masterful life-and-times biography of these important North Carolinians.
Publication Date: 2012-10-01
From Nothing to Everything by Rami RangerFrom Nothing to Everything tells the extraordinary story of Rami Ranger, award-winning business-owner, philanthropist and political reformer. Beginning with a dramatic flight from home during the turmoil of the break-up of India in 1947, Rami's journey takes in the assassination of his father, childhood hardship under the guiding hand of his mother, emigration to England and the long fight against prejudice to achieve success on a scale he could hardly have imagined as a naive young immigrant in London in 1971.Having founded his first enterprise with just #65533;2 and a typewriter in 1987, Rami now oversees Sun Mark, a #65533;160-million-a-year operation that has become one of Britain's fastest-growing and most decorated businesses. The business has received a record-breaking five successive Queen's Awards and Rami himself has been awarded the MBE for his efforts to foster greater social and political opportunities for the British Asian community.En route from poverty to riches, Rami offers lessons in business and lessons in life, drawing heavily on the values instilled in him by a mother who, having lost her husband, home and ancestral homeland, refused to give up on her children. As Rami himself puts it: "My story shows that one does not need a rich father, an elite education or the old schoolboy network to help one in life. What one needs is self-respect, ethics, commitment and empathy for others."It has indeed been a journey from nothing to everything for one of the most successful British Asians of his generation - and his story, told in his own words, provides an inspiration for anyone who faces obstacles in their quest to fulfil their dreams and ambitions.
Publication Date: 2014-02-03
eBook Central- Biographies in an electronic format via the Kaufman Library. Available to you as a GGC student or faculty member.
E-book Collection - Biographies in an electronic format via the Kaufman Library. Available to you as a GGC student or faculty member.
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The New New Thing by Michael LewisDespite the variety of his achievements, Clark thinks of himself mainly as the creator of Hyperion, which happens to be a sailboat . . . not just an ordinary yacht, but the world's largest single-mast vessel, a machine more complex than a 747. Clark claims he will be able to sail it via computer from his desk in San Francisco, and the new code may contain the seeds of his next billion-dollar coup.On the wings of Lewis's celebrated storytelling, the reader takes the ride of a lifetime through this strange landscape of geeks and billionaires. We get the inside story of the battle between Netscape and Microsoft; we sit in the room as Clark tries to persuade the investment bankers that Healtheon is the next Microsoft; we get queasy as Clark pits his boat against the rage of the North Atlantic in winter. And in every brilliant anecdote and character sketch, Lewis is drawing us a map of markets and free enterprise in the twenty-first century.
28 Business Thinkers Who Changed the World by Rhymer Rigby28 Business Thinkers Who Changed the World is a guide to the people who have fundamentally reshaped their industries and the way we do business today. Some of these game changers are great intellectuals while others are 'gut instinct' types; some are motivated by desire to change the world, while others are driven by money and power. Bursting with energy and wit, Rhymer Rigby profiles the top business brains of our time to show you the humans behind the headlines and how they changed the global business landscape. From Oprah to Mark Zuckerberg, Peter Drucker to Steve Jobs, find out how they made it, the risks they took and the legacies they leave behind.
Publication Date: 2011-06-15
Building Atlanta by Herman J. Russell; Bob Andelman; Andrew Young (Introduction by)Born into a blue-collar family in the Jim Crow South, Herman J. Russell built a shoeshine business when he was twelve years old--and used the profits to buy a vacant lot where he built a duplex while he was still a teen. Over the next fifty years, he continued to build businesses, amassing one of the nation's most profitable minority-owned conglomerates. In Building Atlanta , Russell shares his inspiring life story and reveals how he overcame racism, poverty, and a debilitating speech impediment to become one of the most successful African American entrepreneurs, Atlanta civic leaders, and unsung heroes of the civil rights movement. Not just a typical rags-to-riches story, Russell achieved his success through focus, planning, and humility, and he shares his winning advice throughout. As a millionaire builder before the civil rights movement took hold and a friend of Dr. King, Ralph Abernathy, and Andrew Young, he quietly helped finance the civil rights crusade, putting up bond for protestors and providing the funds that kept King's dream alive. He provides a wonderful behind-the-scenes look at the role the business community, both black and white working together, played in Atlanta's peaceful progression from the capital of the racially divided Old South to the financial center of the New South.