A collection of historical writings chronicles the rise of the American corporation, comparing the U.S. corporate experience with other cultures and tracing the role of large companies in influencing American life.
Beatty, a senior editor of The Atlantic Monthly , has gathered a wide array of documents including sections of books, articles, first-hand accounts, and letters which he glues together with his own commentary to create a history of the American corporation, from its beginnings in the 17th century to today. His thesis is that corporations cast a shadow over the American economy, society, culture, and politics like a colossus. There is no index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)