Fortunes and Misfortunes of the World's Great Family Businesses

David S. Landes - Author

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ISBN 9780143112471 | 400 pages | 25 Sep 2007 | Penguin | 5.59 x 8.38in | 18 - AND UP
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From the author of the New York Times bestseller The Wealth and Poverty of Nations, a fascinating look at the crossroads of kin and coin

David S. Landes has earned a reputation as a brilliant writer and iconoclast among economic historians. In his latest acclaimed work, he takes a revealing look at the quality that distinguishes a third of today's Fortune 500 companies: family ownership. From the banking fortunes of Rothschild and Morgan to the automobile empires of Ford and Toyota, Landes explores thirteen different dynasties, revealing what lay behind their successes-and how extravagance, bad behavior, and poor enterprise brought some of them to their knees. A colorful history that is full of surprising conclusions, Dynasties is an engrossing mix of ambition, eccentricity, and wealth.

Dynasties is rich in anecdote and will bring pleasure to the many readers who admired Landes's last book. . . . It offers the same combination of shrewd insight and an engagingly conversational style. (Niall Ferguson, The New Republic)

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