- Paperback: 170 pages
- Publisher: Young America's Foundation (1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0963020315
- ISBN-13: 978-0963020314
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 122 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Myth of the Robber Barons: A New Look at the Rise of Big Business in America
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Burton Folsom's The Myth of the Robber Barons constituted one of the first shots in the revolution against liberal theology masquerading as scholarship. More importantly, it was easy to read and tailor made for students. --Larry Schweikart, New York Times bestselling author of A Patriot's History of the United States
A masterpiece. It is my favorite single book of economic history. --George Gilder, New York Times bestselling author of Wealth and Poverty
Taking on false narratives, Burton Folsom has written a highly educational and insightful account of America's business history that can also be applied to today's policy debate. It belongs on every bookshelf. --Michele Bachmann, Congresswoman, Minnesota's 6th District
About the Author
Burton W. Folsom, Jr. is the Charles Kline professor of history and management at Hillsdale College in Michigan. He received his Ph. D. from the University of Pittsburgh, and has taught U. S. history at the University of Nebraska, the University of Pittsburgh, Murray State University, and Northwood University. He has also been a senior fellow at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland, Michigan; and historian in residence at the Center for the American Idea in Houston, Texas. He has written articles for the WALL STREET JOURNAL, THE AMERICAN SPECTATOR, POLICY REVIEW, and HUMAN EVENTS. Professor Folsom's first book was Urban Capitalists. His later books include Empire Builders, No More Free Markets or Free Beer: The Progressive Era in Nebraska. He has two edited books, The Spirit of Freedom and The Industrial Revolution and Free Trade. His articles have appeared in the Journal of Southern History, Pacific Historical Review, Journal of American Studies, Great Plains Quarterly, The American Spectator, and The Wall Street Journal. He is a columnist on economic history for The Freeman for Ideas on Liberty.
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Toward the end of taking "Intro to Microeconomics" we spent several chapters on monopoly, oligopoly, etc.
The textbook navigated the typical economic myth about how evil monopolies had to be stamped down by the government. Combined with how capitalism caused the Great Depression, and how the private sector caused the Great Recession, this is one of the great American myths of free markets.
At any rate, after several chapters from a contemporary textbook, I wanted to read a different perspective to counter-balance. "The Myth of the Robber Barons" was an easy read in between classes at about 140 pages, and had more useful information than three chapters of my textbook.
The book is written in a fairly simple manner, which isn't meant to be a slight, as it focuses more on the economic narrative than in diving into the cast of characters involved. It is a valuable read, and something that I will certainly revisit in the future.
That said however, the quality of scholarship and writing, unfortunately, drag the project down. Written less as a scholarly (if revisionist) discourse on the "Barons'" legacy and more of a table-pounding defense of them, it is easy to write off the simple vignettes (I would hesitate to call them actual "case studies") that make up the work.
I believe that the "Barons" history ultimately deserves more and better than this book can give.