A Great New Book About the Future

A Great New Book About the Future

As you know, I love books and live in a personal library of more than 57,000 of them.  Only a few – say 2-300 of them – really capture my excitement and enthusiasm.  Fewer, Richer, Greener by Larry Siegel is one of those books.  It just...

Which Cities Are Americans Fleeing?

Click here to see the detailed chart or watch it here on youtube. Two weeks ago, we presented an animated chart showing the most popular American cities – the metropolitan areas which received the most domestic migrants in each year from 2010 through 2018.  This week,...
Whatever Became of International Harvester?

Whatever Became of International Harvester?

With this newsletter, we begin a periodic series, “Whatever Became of?”  As students of business history, we learn much from both success and failure.  About 80% of the largest companies of America in the mid-twentieth century are no longer with us.  Some of these...
The Bookstop Story by co-founder Gary Hoover

The Bookstop Story by co-founder Gary Hoover

Dear business history friends, It’s a wonderful thing to uncover a gem of a story, and it’s as great to be able to share it. Many of us have been part of, or witness to, a bit of business history. We have stories of innovations, stories of change for...

American Boomtowns and Slowdowns

Dear Friends of History, Here at the American Business History Center, we usually focus on the long-term view, going back decades. But today, for a change of pace, we take a look at very recent history….the 2010’s. Here is one of our “bar race charts” created using...

24 years of Big Company Change

The rise, fall, and disappearance of America’s largest companies tells us much about business and our economy. Since 1955, Fortune magazine has published a list of the 500 largest U.S. companies, ranked by sales (revenues). Until 1995, this list only included...
A Forgotten Company, A Forgotten Human Story

A Forgotten Company, A Forgotten Human Story

Follow us on twitter @storyofbusiness. New and exciting content forthcoming! Dear business history friends, Recently, our American Business History Center added the “Share Your History” section to our website. Many of us have been part of, or...
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