The 100 Most Significant Events in American Business: An Encyclopedia

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Throughout history, important commercial developments in the United States have made it possible for American companies to leverage tough economic conditions to survive—even thrive in a volatile marketplace. This reference book examines the top 100 groundbreaking events in the history of American business and illustrates their influence on the labor laws, business practices, and management methodologies of corporate America today.

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Overview

Throughout history, important commercial developments in the United States have made it possible for American companies to leverage tough economic conditions to survive—even thrive in a volatile marketplace. This reference book examines the top 100 groundbreaking events in the history of American business and illustrates their influence on the labor laws, business practices, and management methodologies of corporate America today.

The 100 Most Significant Events in American Business: An Encyclopedia depicts the chronological order of events contributing to the evolution of American business, with an emphasis on the commercial innovations of each period. The book explores the origins of successful brands, including Apple, Wal-Mart, and Heinz; demonstrates the successful collaboration between public and private sectors illustrated by the Erie Canal, Hoover Dam, and the interstate highway system; and depicts the commercial impact of major economic events from the Panic of 1857 to the Great Recession of 2010.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Skrabec's writing is remarkably engaging and will be accessible even to high school students. This smart, efficient examination of pivotal events in U.S. business history is valuable as a stand-alone overview of American economic history and as a supplement to more traditional economic and business encyclopedias."

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Library Journal

"Skrabec has produced an accessible reference work for American business history. Although based on stand-alone descriptions of historical events, it reads more like a single fascinating story with 100 short chapters. . . . This volume's concise treatment and chronological (rather than alphabetical) organization make it an excellent introduction to American business history."

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Choice

"An excellent addition for most undergraduate institutions, high school libraries and public libraries when it comes to research."

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Reference Reviews

"This volume will be of interest to just as wide a variety of libraries and patrons; public libraries, community colleges and other two-year programs, as well as universities and other larger institutions. The entries in this encyclopedia provide a starting point for each of the included events, but taken as a whole, they also paint a picture of business history."

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Skrabec's (business & operations management, Univ. of Findlay) extensive research is evident in this compilation of the 100 historical events that have had the greatest and most lasting impact on American business. Events are presented in chronological order, beginning with the privatization of the Plymouth Colony in 1623 and concluding with GM's bankruptcy filing in 2009. Entries generally range in length from two to four pages, and illustrations are sprinkled throughout. Pieces are carefully crafted to present both an encyclopedic overview of the topic and a thoughtful assessment of its importance to U.S. economic history over the short and long term. Particularly effective is the juxtaposition of well-known happenings, such as the stock market crash of 1929 and the oil embargo of 1973, with lesser-known milestones, such as the first use of an electric advertisement (by H.J. Heinz in 1900) and the first scan of a barcode (the pack of Juicy Fruit gum, scanned in Troy, OH, in 1973, now resides in the Smithsonian). The appendix includes excerpts from primary-source documents. VERDICT Skrabec's writing is remarkably engaging and will be accessible even to high school students. This smart, efficient examination of pivotal events in U.S. business history is valuable as a stand-alone overview of American economic history and as a supplement to more traditional economic and business encyclopedias.—Jennifer Michaelson, Cleveland
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313398629
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/31/2012
  • Pages: 323
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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