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“Succinct, erudite and entertaining, From Silk to Silicon is a most original account of the genesis of globalization.” — Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de León, former President of Mexico and Director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization

“Garten compellingly recounts how ten individuals helped shape the modern world, reminding us of the possibilities begat by transformative leadership.” — Dr. Henry A. Kissinger, former U. S. Secretary of State

“This is a tale of globalization and leadership that is both sweeping and personal. By focusing on ten transformational people, it shows how individuals can affect the flow of history. It’s a guide to the future as well as to the past.” — Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs, Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin

“Jeffrey Garten has brilliantly updated Thomas Carlyle’s Great Man Theory of History in his gallery of transformative figures, notably including a woman, who have spurred globalization. A tour-de-force–imaginative, informative and just plain fun to read.” — STROBE TALBOTT, president of The Brookings Institution, former U.S. deputy secretary of state, and former editor-at-large, TIME Magazine

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This is the first book to look at the history of globalization through the lens of individuals who did something transformative, as opposed to describing globalization through trends, policies, or particular industries. From Silk to Silicon tells the story of who these people were, what they did, how they did it, and how their achievements continue to shape our world today. They include:

• Genghis Khan, who united East and West by conquest and by opening new trade routes built on groundbreaking transportation, communications, and management innovations.

• Mayer Amschel Rothschild, who arose from an oppressive Jewish ghetto to establish the most powerful bank the world has seen and who ushered in an era of global finance.

• Cyrus Field, who became the father of global communications by leading the effort to build the transatlantic telegraph, the forerunner to global radio, television, and the worldwide Internet.

• Margaret Thatcher, whose controversial policies opened the gusher of substantially free markets that linked economies across borders.

• Andy Grove, a Hungarian refugee from the Nazis who built the company—Intel—that figured out how to manufacture complex computer chips on a mass, commercial scale and laid the foundation for Silicon Valley’s computer revolution.

From Silk to Silicon is an essential book to understanding the past—and the future—of the most powerful global forces of our times.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Harper Paperbacks; Reprint edition (March 14, 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 480 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0062409980
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0062409980
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 12 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 1.04 x 5.31 x 8 inches
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Jeffrey E. Garten teaches courses on the global economy at the Yale School of Management, where he was formerly the dean. He was the undersecretary of commerce for international trade in the Clinton administration, and before that a managing director of the Blackstone Group and Lehman Brothers on Wall Street.

His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Newsweek, BusinessWeek, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and the Harvard Business Review, and he is the author of five books on global economics and politics. He is has been a frequent speaker around the world on global politics, global economics, and global leadership.

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