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US Business History Greats

Lynne Pierson Doti "substantial favorites"
The list author says: "Teach US business, economic and entrepreneurial history. Also teach macroeconomics and banking."
American Entrepreneur: The Fascinating Stories of the People Who Defined Business in the United States
American Entrepreneur: The Fascinating Stories of the People Who Defined Business in the United States
"Coauthor. How the US progressed through the visionary efforts of entrepreneurs. Alomst 200 entrepreneurs are described as their progress changed the nation. Great as text for Business History courses."
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
"If you want to really understand the 2008 financial crisis and enjoy reading about it, this is the book."
Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story
Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story
"Stunning. 1990s Enron  focus on stock price creates a rotten core"
The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World
The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World
"A great history of the economy since the 1970s."
Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco
Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco
"Very readable. 1980s merger mania makes investment bankers rich"
A Patriot's History of the United States: From Columbus's Great Discovery to the War on Terror
A Patriot's History of the United States: From Columbus's Great Discovery to the War on Terror
"Good new basic history of the US with plenty of business history"
A Monetary History of the United States, 1867-1960
A Monetary History of the United States, 1867-1960
"Surprisingly readable"
The Vital Few: The Entrepreneur and American Economic Progress (Galaxy Book)
The Vital Few: The Entrepreneur and American Economic Progress (Galaxy Book)
"Essays. Eli Whitney and Brigham Young are the best"
Liar's Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street
Liar's Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street
"80s Finance. Laugh out loud"
Capitalism and Freedom: Fortieth Anniversary Edition
Capitalism and Freedom: Fortieth Anniversary Edition
"If it was prophecy, he'd be Nostradamus"
Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon
Reckless Endangerment: How Outsized Ambition, Greed, and Corruption Led to Economic Armageddon
"I am continually searching for the best books on the 2008 financial crisis and subsequent recession. This is a contender."
On Money and Markets: A Wall Street Memoir
On Money and Markets: A Wall Street Memoir
"He was there, and the background research is good"
For God, Country, and Coca-Cola
For God, Country, and Coca-Cola
"The American product parallels country's business history"
Modern Times  Revised Edition: The World from the Twenties to the Nineties (Perennial Classics)
Modern Times Revised Edition: The World from the Twenties to the Nineties (Perennial Classics)
"Lyrical history of the 20th century"
Salt: A World History
Salt: A World History
"Fascinating look at the role one product played in world history"
A Thread Across the Ocean: The Heroic Story of the Transatlantic Cable
A Thread Across the Ocean: The Heroic Story of the Transatlantic Cable
"A business venture that proved more difficult and more important than predicted"
Empire of Wealth : The Epic History of American Economic Power (P.S.)
Empire of Wealth : The Epic History of American Economic Power (P.S.)
"Excellent writing creates a very readable book about the development of the US economy"
The Cod's Tale
The Cod's Tale
"Quick read about the fish which was the basis of the early New England economy. His book Salt is a classic, but less focussed on US history."
End The Fed
End The Fed
"Short and radical"
Empire Express: Building the First Transcontinental Railroad
Empire Express: Building the First Transcontinental Railroad
"more academic and complete history of the transcontinental RR"
The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
"Isaacson wrote great biographies of Steve Jobs and Ben Franklin, but this book appears to be his notes for his next great book. It is confusing, repetitive and sometimes a bit weird (the connection between LSD and the personal computer is quite a stretch)."
No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II
No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II
"Not strictly business, but my favorite history book of all time"
Banking in the American West: From the Gold Rush to Deregulation
Banking in the American West: From the Gold Rush to Deregulation
"OK, I coauthored this too"
The Great A&P and the Struggle for Small Business in America
The Great A&P and the Struggle for Small Business in America
"An interesting story of one company, but weak on the industry setting."