By Andy Serwer, David Allison, Peter Liebhold, Nancy Davis, Kathleen G. Franz
What does it suggest to be an American? What are American principles and values? American Enterprise, the spouse publication to a huge exhibition on the Smithsonian’s nationwide Museum of yank background, goals to respond to those questions on the yank adventure via an exploration of its fiscal and advertisement background. It argues that via taking a look at the intersection of capitalism and democracy, we will be able to see the place we as a kingdom have come from and the place we'd be entering into the future.
Richly illustrated with pictures of items from the museum’s collections, American firm includes a 1794 buck coin, Alexander Graham Bell’s 1876 cellphone, a brass money check in from Marshall Fields, Sam Walton’s cap, and lots of different items and prone that experience formed American tradition. old and modern ads also are featured, emphasizing the evolution of the connection among manufacturers and shoppers through the years. Interspersed within the old narrative are essays from today’s leaders—including Sheila Bair, Adam Davidson, invoice Ford, Sally Greenberg, Fisk Johnson, Hank Paulson, Richard Trumka, and Pat Woertz—that pose provocative questions on the country of latest American enterprise and society. American Enterprise is a multi-faceted survey of the nation’s company historical past and corresponding social results that's basic to an knowing of the lives of the yankee humans, the background of the U.S., and the nation’s position in worldwide affairs.
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