Capitalism in America: A History

Capitalism in America: A History

From the legendary former Fed Chairman and the acclaimed Economist writer and historian, the full, epic story of America's evolution from a small patchwork of threadbare colonies to the most powerful engine of wealth and innovation the world has ever seen. Shortlisted for the 2018Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award From even the start of his fabled From the legendary former Fed Chairman and the acclaimed Economist writer and historian, the full, epic story of ...

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Title:Capitalism in America: A History
Author:Alan Greenspan
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Genres:Economics
ISBN:B079WKXYYR
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:496 pages pages

Capitalism in America: A History Reviews

  • Heidi
    Apr 16, 2019
    Interesting to read this take on some of the same events, seems historically accurate with a good description of how he got the data in the Afterword. He spends some time in the Conclusion discussing the future which I think is completely invalidated because he doesn't mention climate ...
  • Jennifer
    Mar 25, 2019
    I was disappointed that the data was presented with skewed biases. On one hand, the author(s) call America a sugar-spun welfare state due to all the regulations and entitlements, but then it denies that some of these regulations have helped improve life expectancy and cause overall chi...
  • Cheryl
    Dec 29, 2018
    ?Capitalism in America? is one of the most interesting books I?ve read in a long time. To be honest, when I picked it up from the library, I wasn?t sure that I was in the mood for a challenging read about the history of capitalism in America, especially right around the Christm...
  • John
    Feb 01, 2019
    Since Greenspan was a Reagan appointee as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, as I began reading this book, I was expecting a conservative screed. Not so. I found a mostly even-handed and objective, easy to read history when what could have been a dense, convoluted treatise. Yes, he...
  • Vincenzo Tagle
    Jan 15, 2019
    I don't think that this book adds anything new to the economic history of the United States, a topic that has been extensively researched by many economists and academics, but the authors present here a clear argument as to why the US has achieved a tremendous amount of growth in the 2...
  • Gordon
    Mar 02, 2019
    Interesting as a history but not original. All that it does is enumerate Greenspan's contentious and unnuanced views about the American economy. That is, it simply applies Schumpeterian concepts to US history. His political views, most notably his affinity for Ronald Reagan (who appoin...
  • Lloyd Fassett
    Oct 20, 2018
    10/20/18 How I found it: wall St Journal Review?: Capitalism in America? Review: The Commercial Republic https://www.wsj.com/articles/capitali... 11/4/18 The New York Times review treats the book like expired economic ideas of history. The review makes it sound like the book doe...
  • Jason
    Nov 18, 2018
    Only a very small number of people are going to like this book. Funny enough, there really aren't many surveys of American economic history written for laypeople, so comparisons aren't going to do much good. But the book is choppy, at times contradictory (praising intellectual property...
  • Stacy Bearse
    Jan 07, 2019
    Greenspan and Woolridge have compiled a basic, yet comprehensive history of business and finance in the United States, ranging from colonial times to the modern-day. Their book focuses on three drivers of change: Productivity, creative destruction and political will. The core driver - ...
  • Nick Crowley
    Nov 15, 2018
    Capitalism in America uses history to frame Alan Greenspan's traditional conservative ideology and his prescription for the future maintenance of the macroeconomy. With this book as evidence, I submit that his old-school brand of conservatism--while more palatable than the mindless pop...
  • Peter Tillman
    Apr 21, 2019
    I was pleasantly surprised how readable and interesting this book turned out to be. If you're thinking about reading it --spoiler alert, the authors present capitalism and America in a favorable light -- your best approach would be to download the free Kindle sample, which contains the...
  • Stephen
    Apr 08, 2019
    The enigma of our times is the prospect of American decline. Is it a myth? Or is there some substance to the feeling held by many that the US is running out of steam? This book provides a vital data point in that reflection. It charts the rise of the American economy, from Independence...
  • Andrew
    Apr 04, 2019
    Capitalism in America : A history, by Alan Greenspan, is an interesting overview of the history of Capitalism in America, and more generally, an examination of economic trends in America from conception to modern times. Greenspan is the former chair of the Federal Reserve in the United...
  • Robert Melnyk
    Jan 10, 2019
    Excellent book about the history of Capitalism in America. The title may lead you to believe that this will be a very dry read, and that perhaps you would need a degree in economics to understand what is being said. However, Greenspan does a very good job of presenting the material in ...
  • Micah Scelsi
    May 31, 2019
    I am sure that there are numerous books that have already covered this topic, but theses authors have access to a vast amount of information, including newer economic estimates for the early years of the United States. Furthermore, having Greenspan as one of the authors made it a more ...
  • Jeffrey
    Nov 10, 2018
    For the most part Capitalism in America is an ambitious account of the history of the development of Capitalism in America. Unlike other accounts which may focus on a certain era or financial, Greenspan and Wooldridge attempt to give an overall sweep of the history of America intertwin...
  • Scott Nvenue
    Apr 08, 2019
    I grabbed this book on an impulse at the library. It was surprisingly entertaining and informative. Written by the former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank, it had the potential to be a dense boring work of economic minutiae. However, it is written in a very readable and enjoyable p...
  • Robert Kalik
    Feb 19, 2019
    Capitalism and History! What two subjects could be better combined? Well thought out, well written! ...
  • Emerson Sosa
    Jan 28, 2019
    A fascinating read explaining the rise of America?s economy starting with the founding of the country. Greenspan and Wooldridge are experts at showing the arguments that people had as the country aged. The reader can feel the passion between Jefferson and Hamilton over the future of ...
  • Pleasant Oliver
    Jan 19, 2019
    This book, written by one of the supposedly most brilliant chairs of the Federal Reserve in our history, is a major disappointment. It essentially is a paean to unfettered capitalism and almost entirely ignores its fundamental and often devastating flaws. It either ignores or white...
  • John Ball
    Jan 20, 2019
    Capitalism in America is American history told as an adventure story full of heroes, villains, disasters, and victories. It is the story of businessmen, merchants, inventors, creators, scallywags, scoundrels and speculators, the capitalists who built the USA and how they did it. The au...
  • Cary Giese
    Dec 23, 2018
    America?s great advantage was its founding in a huge space of land full of resources with no threatening neighbors. It was able to take advantage of that space to experiment with liberal government and capitalism unfettered! Europe had to go slow as it defended the citadels of existi...
  • David Wunderlich
    May 15, 2019
    I listened to the audiobook. It's a good history as far as that goes, but it's one of the most idealogical histories I've ever run across. The introduction of the book contends that it's not possible to write histories of economics without politics, but to whatever extent that's tru...
  • Nicholas
    Feb 26, 2019
    Greenspan and Wooldridge offer an engaging overview of the history of capitalism in America. However, the narrative seems selective, although this is certainly by necessity to keep the length manageable, and it would have been interesting for the authors to have highlighted some of the...
  • Rick Wilson
    May 14, 2019
    Accessable and readable for it's topics. Wouldn't recommend it to everyone, but a good read for those interested in business and looking to contextualize our current economy. This book is one of those rare books that gives you a solid road map of a topic. A great starting point for...
  • Edward Ocampo
    Oct 21, 2018
    A compelling narrative which chronologically covers the economic history of the United States. The 19th and most of the 20th century are covered in detail with interesting insights but the last 25 years do not get the same attention. The last chapter proposes a policy response to Ameri...
  • Carl Upthegrove
    May 28, 2019
    This book is a challange to review because it is a mix of facts, and there are plenty here, and opinion. The material is not presented in a scholorly manner, there is little discussion of any position other than that of the authors. Facts are presented principly to support the author's...
  • Fahd  Younus
    Mar 12, 2019
    An almost inspiring story of the rise of capitalism and America. Argues a very fundamental point that you have accept the madness with the genius, you can't have one and not the other, especially if its the genius that you want. The idea of creative destruction and the consistency w...
  • fewpagesmore
    Nov 25, 2018
    I came across this book as I was browsing through the new releases section on Amazon. Normally I do not venture into new releases but the authorship of this book along with the potential scope of the book made me want to read it asap. And yes the scope of the book is indeed magnificent...
  • Marks54
    Nov 16, 2018
    This one is a bit hard to review. It has its good points and is entertaining is spots. It is a too basic and clearly intended for a general reading audience. It is well written and draws on the best of current historical scholarship. The book also has a clear perspective, which is a mi...