While trying to solve a family mystery, Dave Dyer uncovered a massive stock market scandal that had been forgotten by history. His great uncle Clayton Pickard vanished in 1923, and in the process of researching him, the author found a collection of thousands of original documents and photos from Clayton´s employer, the L. R. Steel Company. The documents, unopened since 1923, told the fascinating story of a visionary entrepreneur operating in the boom-town environment of Buffalo. Steel´s is about the rise and fall of the retail empire created by Leonard Rambler Steel. Like a Silicon Valley tycoon, he sprang into new ventures with enthusiasm and foresight. At its height, his chain store operation had 75 stores spread over 61 cities in the United States and Canada. He hired women in management and elderly people in his sales force, and anticipated some of the retail models that are used today by global companies such as Ikea and Wal-Mart. His most remarkable insight was to recognize the marketing potential of the new medium of silent film. In 1921 he created a 3-hour film about his life and company that was screened for free all over North America. The movie, a precursor to today´s infomercial, attracted prospective buyers for the 5,000 salespeople who sold the company´s stock. Almost 60,000 people bought the stock, three times the number who bought into Charles Ponzi´s better-known scheme. Eventually, his big ideas became too grandiose, such as developing Niagara Falls into a permanent international exhibition dedicated to commerce and technology, and the investors lost all their money when the company collapsed in 1923 amid fraud charges. With no other published accounts of this scandal, the story told in Steel´s was doomed to be lost until the author discovered the document trove that brought it back to life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Timothy W. Bader. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/012915/bk_acx0_012915_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
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Pulitzer Prize, General Nonfiction, 1998 Guns, Germs and Steel examines the rise of civilization and the issues its development has raised throughout history. Having done field work in New Guinea for more than 30 years, Jared Diamond presents the geographical and ecological factors that have shaped the modern world. From the viewpoint of an evolutionary biologist, he highlights the broadest movements both literal and conceptual on every continent since the Ice Age, and examines societal advances such as writing, religion, government, and technology. Diamond also dissects racial theories of global history, and the resulting work—Guns, Germs and Steel—is a major contribution to our understanding the evolution of human societies. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Doug Ordunio. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/002491/bk_rand_002491_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Separately Together series is a three-volume work looking into the relationships of its characters during the American Civil War. Written by Charles Heaton Allen, a historian, this series is exciting and challenging. It has been described as ´´the most uniquely plotted and warmly character-driven of the many Civil War novels I´ve ever read, which includes many of them´´ by Col. William C. Moore. It is worthy of the attention of anyone captivated by the Civil War era. Published by Koinonia Associates, LLC. Steel in the Cotton is volume one of the trilogy. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Darris J. Brock. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/023157/bk_acx0_023157_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Imagine you are traveling west from Independence, Missouri, on a 2,000 mile trip to Oregon in the mid 1800s. Since there are no cars, trains, or passenger jet services you take the most reliable and speedy form of transportation available at the time. Your wagon is pulled by a yoke of slow oxen or stubborn mules. The trip will take three to six months to complete. You travel on a dirt trail through tall prairie grass, over broad flowing rivers, high mountain ranges, and blistering hot deserts. Chances are good that your oxen and mules - along with some of your traveling companions - will die from exposure, disease, starvation, and accidents along the way. If the animals pulling your wagon die your chances of survival are greatly diminished. It is imperative that you complete the journey before winter or else you and your group could freeze to death in the snowy Rocky Mountains. After completing this dangerous trip you hear about the new cutting edge technology that has just reduced the dangerous 2,000 mile trip down to a week, all for the price of one ticket. In 1869, after decades of travel, the Oregon Trail fell into disuse. The rumbling of freight and passenger trains were heard on the first transcontinental railroad and saved time and a multitude of lives. This book is about what made the short trip possible. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joseph G Deak. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/143926/bk_acx0_143926_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jared Diamond says that 25 years ago he met a politician in what is now Papua New Guinea, Yali, who asked why white people had so many things, but black people did not. The book attempts to provide answers to the question: Why have Eurasian people been the dominant wealth and power in the world? That is, why didn´t other cultures gain dominance before 1,500 CE? After all, until the end of the most recent Ice Age, circa 11,000 BCE, all humans were hunter-gatherers. So, what accounts for the different rates of development of societies between 11,000 BCE and 1500 CE? Those questions are the subject of the book. The author says that finding reasons or causes for the unequal distribution of wealth and goods does not justify it. Diamond says we do not justify disease just because we understand its causes. He says that the foundations of European societies were developed in other part of the world, so the focus is not on aggrandizing Europe. Here is a preview of what you´ll learn: How Geography Determines the Structure of Societies The Reason Why Europeans Were Able to Conquer Other Parts of the World Learn Why the Belief about European People Being a Superior Race is Wrong 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mutt Rogers. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/059156/bk_acx0_059156_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the Age of Industrialization, economics, society, politics, and culture collided. In particular, the Industrial Revolution provided the underpinnings of Europe’s societal transformations and decisively shaped the century, including changes in mass culture and the growth of democratic challenges to existing political institutions. This series of lectures explores specific technologies, most of which we take for granted today, to offer a general picture of the economic and social development of Western nations from 1760 to 1900. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jennifer J. Popiel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/008129/bk_reco_008129_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The term robber baron has largely fallen into disuse in the 21st century but there was a time when it was a popular epithet that described the kind of man who, it was believed, built his fortune by taking things belonging to others. The Gilded Age and the dawn of the 20th century are often remembered as an era full of monopolies, trusts, and economic giants in heavy industries like oil and steel. Men like Andrew Carnegie built empires like Carnegie Steel, and financiers like J.P. Morgan merged and consolidated them. The era also made names like Astor, Cooke, and Vanderbilt instantly recognizable across the globe. Over time, the unfathomable wealth generated by the businesses made the individuals on top incredibly rich, and that in turn led to immense criticism and an infamous epithet used to rail against them: robber barons.Of all the men labeled as robber barons during the Gilded Age, few were as influential as Henry Clay Frick, who rubbed shoulders with men like J.P. Morgan and Andrew Carnegie while overseeing some of the era’s biggest companies. Though his was not the ´´rags to riches” story one often hears of this era, his drive and ambition helped transform a young man from a solidly middle class family into a millionaire by the age of 30. At the same time, despite the characteristic ruthlessness with which he dealt with business associates and foes alike, he was devoted and sometime even tender to his friends and family. After surviving an assassination attempt, he lived to toast the 20th century and avoided going down with so many others of his era on the Titanic, only to see the world he had worked to create consumed by a European war that spread around the world. Perhaps the most amazing thing about Frick is that his most well-known and lasting legacy had nothing to do with his business but with his most prized hobby. Should the name Frick come up in a New York boardroom today, it is not in the context of some business deal but 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Hare. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/129201/bk_acx0_129201_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Here is history that reads like fiction: the riveting story of two founding fathers of American industry, Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick, and the bloody steelworkers´ strike that transformed their fabled partnership into a furious rivalry. Author Les Standiford begins at the bitter end, when the dying Carnegie proposes a final meeting after two decades of separation. Frick´s reply: ´´Tell him that I´ll meet him in hell.´´ It is a fitting epitaph. Meet You in Hell is a classic tale of two men who embodied the best and worst of American capitalism. Standiford conjures up the majesty and danger of steel manufacturing, the rough-and-tumble of late-19th-century big business, and the fraught relationship of ´´the world´s richest man´´ and the ruthless coke magnate to whom he entrusted his companies. Carnegie and Frick would introduce revolutionary new efficiencies and meticulous cost control to their enterprises, and would quickly come to dominate the world steel market. But their partnership had a dark side, revealed most starkly by their brutal handling of the Homestead Steel Strike of 1892. When Frick, acting on Carnegie´s orders to do whatever was necessary, unleashed three hundred Pinkerton detectives, the result was the deadliest clash between management and labor in U.S. history. Resplendent with tales of backroom chicanery, bankruptcy, philanthropy, and personal idiosyncrasy, Meet You in Hell artfully weaves the relationship of these titans through the larger story of a young nation´s economic rise. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Dossett. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/000614/bk_rand_000614_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.