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John Chamberlain can be credited with having captured the quintessence of American history: within the pages of this book are stories of the inventors, the entrepreneurs, the darers and the dreamers and the do-ers who are the real heroes of the American way of life. The bankers and the businessmen, who put together the vast economic complex for which this nation is envied all over the world, are rehabilitated in Chamberlain's patient effort to lift the curse from the muckrakers, trust busters and Keynesian extremists. At a stroke, he demolishes two generations of anti-capitalist paramiographers who would teach small children to fear bogeymen named Carnegie, Morgan and Ford. He traces the course of commerce and industry by way of technological innovation and the rise in our standard of living, identifying the men who made each step possible. He describes the fascinating process by which simple discoveries proliferate into countless new companies. He silhouettes the dangers of the mixed economy, and states the case for a rational economic policy by which we can prosper in the future as we have in the past. . . Chamberlain has written for Fortune and reviews books regularly for the Wall Street Journal; he is the author of The Roots of Capitalism, The American Stakes and Farewell to Reform and he represents a sound, conservative point of view which American businessmen in particular will endorse. They will find this book heartening and stimulating.

Pub Date: Jan. 16th, 1962
Publisher: Harper & Row