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 2018 Financial 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

  • Tony
    Mar 18, 2019
    terrific read using layman's language on the history of capitalism in America. More so, it spells out the history of the American econoy sequentially - from the natiion's founding to present day. it's clear, cogent, and well written using milestone moments to articulate major shifts in...
  • 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 King
    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...
  • Jack
    Feb 22, 2019
    This is a great book. I was really surprised by how comprehensive and informative this book was. It gives a nice picture of how we got to the top and how we got to the sorry position we?re in now, over regulation, bureaucracy and general government interference keep killing us. Our p...
  • Chen
    Feb 28, 2019
    Greenspan shows he has a deep understanding of the American economy, a great survey of the underlying driver of America?s success and current challenges At time, it feels like he?s also defending his reputation in light of the Great Recession - a lot of emphasis on the lack of s...
  • 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 ...
  • Phillip
    Jan 28, 2019
    3.5 / 5.0 NOT A VERY CHALLENGING. CURSORY SHALLOW EXAMINATION OF SOME COMPLEX ISSUES. LOTS OF EMBEDDED DISGUISED POLITICAL COMMENTARY. INFORMATIVE BUT I WAS DISTURBED BY THE AMOUNT OF OPINION SEEMINGLY INTENTIONALLY PRESENTED AS FACT ...
  • Debraj Bhattacharya
    Feb 24, 2019
    The book has its obvious ideological bias, but nonetheless a good read. Interesting to see that two extreme advocates of capitalism are saying that all is not well for American capitalism and it has lost its vitality. ...
  • Amit GR
    Jan 19, 2019
    A well written history but leaves the reader with an unsatisfied conclusion. Greenspan never takes accountability for his role of the tragedies that occurred during the buckling of the economy. He points fingers and one is left expecting the words ?libertard? and ?snowflake? to...
  • 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...
  • Robert Kalik
    Feb 19, 2019
    Capitalism and History! What two subjects could be better combined? Well thought out, well written! ...
  • Ian Arko
    Feb 20, 2019
    America was great. What made it great was that there was a fresh labor supply of adventurers from immigration and a propensity to partake in ?creative destruction.? But America is in danger. The cost of social security, declining education/productivity growth, are over-governan...
  • Adam
    Jan 13, 2019
    This book should be mandatory reading in high school. Easy to understand comprehensive overview of the origination of the US of A. It read like a factual novel. Greenspan is brilliant Nuggets of Truth: Whale oil business was the most profitable return from the 1800 to 1900 in th...
  • Chandrashekar
    Feb 06, 2019
    Interesting read Fascinating read but shallow treatments across breadth of coverage. It is a quick read but would have loved to get more insights on why what happened more than just an elaboration of what happened. This is what would have allowed us to learn more from the history th...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Walter Zielkowski
    Feb 14, 2019
    Realistic and thorough history of how America got it's position in the world. Highlighted most of the major events, leaders, and movements that shaped the success of American Capitalism. Quite dense, with a lot of details that I probably won't remember, but the overarching theme spoke ...
  • 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...