From Silk to Silicon

From Silk to Silicon

The Story of Globalization Through Ten Extraordinary Lives

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The story of globalization, the most powerful force in history, as told through the life and times of ten people who changed the world by their singular, spectacular accomplishments.

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 men and women 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 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, TV, 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.

Through these stories Jeffrey E. Garten finds the common links between these figure and probes critical questions including: How much influence can any one person have in fundamentally changing the world? And how have past trends in globalization affected the present and how will they shape the future? From Silk to Silicon is an essential book to understanding the past--and the future--of the most powerful force of our times.

Publisher: New York :, Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062409973
Branch Call Number: 337 Gar
Characteristics: 256 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm


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Apr 17, 2016

Well-written but deeply undercut by the author's blind eye to his privilege: denial soaks his last chapter, "The Best Is Yet To Come", re: climate change and the stresses that a growing population places on Earth.

Mar 16, 2016

The overarching crux of this book, brought to us by a former Yale academic, of course, suggests that these were great people for what they did, not predominantly mass murderers, mass torturers, psychopaths of a large magnitude, et cetera. Doubt if those who suffered horrendous deaths under Genghis Khan, or Rockefeller-financed wars and destroyed refineries, and similar fates, really would salute this author or this book?
As Gerard Celente says, the problem with America is Harvard, Princeton, Yale, bullets, bombs and banks!
Generally, humans do not bemoan the fall of an empire, or most empires, it is only overly rich and syncophantic and obseqeuous historian toadies who do so. [Could or would Xiaoping have brought hundreds of millions of people into the global economy had not David Rockefeller flown with Nixon and Kissinger on those flights to China in 1973? When Rockefeller established banking operations in Beijing and Moscow? And whose lives were altered or destroyed when their jobs were offshored to China? What is their opinion of the author and his opinions? Is America better for all the R&D offshored to China? From Boston to Seattle one observes growth in workers from India . . . and homeless Americans.]

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