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Henry J. Kaiser: Builder in the Modern American West
     

Henry J. Kaiser: Builder in the Modern American West

by Mark S. Foster
 

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In the 1940s Henry J. Kaiser was a household name, as familiar then as Warren Buffett and Donald Trump are now. Like a Horatio Alger hero, Kaiser rose from lower-middle-class origins to become an enormously wealthy entrepreneur, building roads, bridges, dams, and housing. He established giant businesses in cement, aluminum, chemicals, steel, health care, and tourism.

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In the 1940s Henry J. Kaiser was a household name, as familiar then as Warren Buffett and Donald Trump are now. Like a Horatio Alger hero, Kaiser rose from lower-middle-class origins to become an enormously wealthy entrepreneur, building roads, bridges, dams, and housing. He established giant businesses in cement, aluminum, chemicals, steel, health care, and tourism. During World War II, his companies built cargo planes and Liberty ships. After the war, he manufactured the Kaiser-Frazer automobiles. Along the way, he also became a major force in the development of the western United States, including Hawaii. This is the first biography of this remarkable man.

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Library Journal
Kaiser (1882-1967) was a captain of industry whose playing field spanned many sectors of the American economy--dam and road building, shipbuilding, steel, aviation, and more. His standing as a lesser-known in a business pantheon that would include such names as Ford and Carnegie makes this work of some scholarly importance. With emphasis on Kaiser's activities in the American West, this first published biography is a painstaking work of research. However, for the average reader, especially one out of touch with Kaiser's most innovative era (1930s and 1940s), the translation from reams of research to text loses excitement. Academic and comprehensive business or American studies collections should consider.-- David M. Turkalo, Social Law Lib., Boston

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780292742260
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
06/15/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
408
Sales rank:
884,744
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

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Mark S. Foster is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Colorado at Denver.

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