American Business Leaders
From Colonial Times to the Present
by Neil A. Hamilton
August 1999, 791pp, 7x10
2 volumes, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-57607-002-4
$203, £157, 177€, A279
eBook Available: 978-1-57607-465-7
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Did you know that John Deere sold only three plows in 1837 and 20 years later, sold close to 15,000? Or that Debbie Fields started 20 years ago with a single cookie store in Palo Alto, CA and was so unsuccessful that she had to give her cookies away? This book showcases these and many other business leaders in American history.

An illuminating look at the last three centuries of visionary figures in American business.

Emphasizing the 20th century, this work showcases the lives of 413 visionary men and women who shaped and lived the American dream, spotlighting industrialists, investors, inventors, entertainment moguls, and communications pioneers.


  • Includes biographies of over 400 industrialists, investors, entertainment moguls, inventors, and communications pioneers
  • Cites works for further reading and includes a list of leaders organized by their field of business
Neil A. Hamilton is associate professor and chair of the Department of History at Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL. He has written numerous award winning articles on history, popular culture, and critical thinking.


"...this book provides an accessible, valuable, and even enjoyable guide to a number of historic business figures. It is the sort of reference book that can be a joy to read and browse through. It is a reference work that will also appeal to a wide range of users."—American Reference Books Annual, 00/00/00
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