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*Starred Review* Bakan, an internationally recognized legal scholar and professor of law at the University of British Columbia, takes a powerful stab at the most influential institution of our time, the corporation. As a legal entity, a corporation has as its edict one and only one goal, to create profits for its shareholders, without legal or moral obligation to the welfare of workers, the environment, or the well-being of society as a whole. Corporations have successfully hijacked governments, promoting free-market solutions to virtually all of the concerns of human endeavor. Competition and self-interest dominate, and other aspects of human nature, such as creativity, empathy, and the ability to live in harmony with the earth, are suppressed and even ridiculed. Bakan believes that, like Communism, this ideological order cannot last and that corporate rule must be challenged to bring balance and revive the values of democracy, social justice, equality, and compassion. This eye-opening look at a system "programmed to exploit others for profit" has been made into a provocative film documentary that could be the next Bowling for Columbine. David Siegfried
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"Bakan does such a good job of creating awareness that [The Corporation] can't help but be a call to action."
-- USA Today
"The corporation, according to Joel Bakan, is the monster that can swallow civilization -- greedy, exploitive, and unstoppable. We are all its potential victims, which is why we must all understand how the corporate form makes it so difficult to control its abuses."
-- Alan M. Dershowitz, Felix
"This incisive study should be read carefully and pondered. And it should be a stimulus to constructive action."
-- Noam Chomsky, Ph.D., professor of linguistics, MIT, and author of 9-11
Finally, a person of courage who speaks the truth about the Hydra that is consuming us. We have all been victimized by business. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Makes you think about things and starts conversation at minimum, that's the point.Published 2 months ago by Gerardo Mendoza Ramos
Tour de force of the problems with 1990s and 2000s style thinking about shareholder focused companies.Published 3 months ago by Hunter
Great read. I was assigned a few chapters for a Political Science class but read the entire book because it was so interesting.Published 6 months ago by Jared's mom
Fantastic exploration of the corporate system both in the US but also around the world. Highly recommended for anyone interested in business ethics, which should be everyone.Published 7 months ago by Claire
This book is about as cynical as any I have ever read about the purpose and perpetuity of the business corporation. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Miller.