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The Vital Few: The Entrepreneur and American Economic Progress (Galaxy Book) Paperback – June 19, 1986

ISBN-13: 978-0195040388 ISBN-10: 0195040384 Edition: Exp Sub

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Product Details

  • Series: Galaxy Book (Book 819)
  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Exp Sub edition (June 19, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195040384
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195040388
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #349,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A landmark in American intellectual history, representing as it does a work in the great tradition of history writing... It is a joy to read a book established on the premise that large minds, hard work, and courage make things happen, that history is not an icy region of abstract forces."--W.F. Rickenbacker, National Review

"A landmark in American intellectual history."--W.F. Rickenbacker, National Review

"[Hughes's] biographical chapters...are excellent. They show wide reading, careful research, a lively and curious mind."--H.G.L. Aitken, American Economist

"A classic further improved."--Kim McQuaid, Lake Erie College

"The new chapters on Marriner Eccles and Mary Switzer round off John Hughes' book nicely....A lively read on an exciting subject. A classic further improved."--Kim McQuaid, Lake Erie College

"Excellent. Comprehensive....Thought provoking."--Allan L. Korn, S.U.N.Y., Buffalo

"Brilliant....Hughes makes judicious use of economic theory without letting the entrepreneurs be swallowed up by models....I recommend it strongly."--Paul McGouldrick, State University of New York, Binghamton

"Extremely well written."--James A. Gherity, Northern Illinois University

"[Hughes writes] with a learning that sits lightly and with flashes of wit and irreverence that make this...easy, pleasant and rewarding reading...Each one of his biographical subjects comes alive."--L.M. Hacker, The New York Times Book Review

"The best collection of brief business biographies, thoughtful, balanced, and well-informed."--Vincent P. Carosso, New York University

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Jonathan Hughes is at Northwestern University.

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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By $unny on May 31, 2013
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I bought this book for an entrepreneur class and we barely used it. But, the times we did it was interesting!
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