Company town: the very phrase sounds un-American. Yet company towns are the essence of America. Hershey bars, Corning glassware, Kohler bathroom fixtures, Maytag washers, Spameach is the signature product of a company town in which one business, for better or for worse, exercises a grip over the population. In The Company Town, Hardy Green, who has covered American business for over a decade, describes the emergence of these communities and their role in shaping the American economy since the country's earliest years. But rather than adhering to a uniform blueprint, American company towns have come to represent two very different strands of capitalism: one humanistic, the other exploitative. Through the framework of this dichotomy, Green provides a compelling analysis of the effect of the company town on the development of American capitalism, and tells the sweeping tale of how the American economy has grown and changed over the years.
|Edition description:||First Trade Paper Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.75(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Hardy Green is a former Associate Editor at BusinessWeek, where he was responsible for the magazine's book review coverage. He still writes regularly about the book publishing industry, and has published features on travel, investing, business history, technology, and careers. He is also the author of the academic history On Strike at Hormel: The Struggle for a Democratic Labor Movement. Green has taught history at New York's School of Visual Arts and Stony Brook University, from which he holds a PhD in US History. He blogs at hardygreen.com, and lives in New York City.