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The Puritan Gift: Triumph, Collapse and Revival of an American Dream
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The Puritan Gift: Triumph, Collapse and Revival of an American Dream (Hardback)

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Where does the Protestant work ethic come from? And how did America achieve such dominance in management for so long? "The Puritan Gift" traces the origins and the characteristics of American managerial culture which, in the course of three centuries, turned a group of small colonies into the greatest economic and political power on earth. "The Puritan Gift" argues that the drive, energy and acceptance of innovation, competition, growth and social mobility, all of which lie at the root of America's management culture, have their origins in the discipline and ethos of America's first wave of European immigrants: the Puritans. And, the authors warn, as Americans distance themselves from the core values which produced their business and economic successes during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, they put their future prosperity and security at risk. This is an original exploration of the dramatic and far-reaching consequences of the Puritans' 'gift' to America - the ethos which produced the early success of America and what came to be known as the American dream. Puritan Gift has been chosen as one of the top 10 business books of 2007 by the Financial Times

History & PoliticsRegional & national historyHistory of the Americas Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd. Publication Date: 23/02/2007 ISBN-13: 9781850434191  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Ken Hopper has been active throughout his professional life as a writer on industrial affairs and a consultant in both the U.S. and Europe. He was born in Scotland and is now a U.S. citizen living in New Jersey. Will Hopper (his brother) lives in London and has spent his career in investment banking in New York and London. Their combined knowledge of manufacturing and finance gives this book its unique depth and perspective.

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