Books of Interest 2015

David Grayson Allen, Investment Management in Boston: A History (University of Massachusetts Press, January 2015)


Scott W. Anderson, Auburn, New York: The Entrepreneurs' Frontier (Syracuse University Press, October 2015)

Bruce E. Baker and Barbara Hahn, Cotton Kings: Capitalism and Corruption in Turn-of-the-Century New York and New Orleans (Oxford University Press, November 2015)

Edward J. Balleisen, ed., Business Regulation (Edward Elgar, August 2015)

Christopher Beauchamp, Invented by Law: Alexander Graham Bell and the Patent That Changed America (Harvard University Press, January 2015)

Marco Bertilorenzi, The International Aluminium Cartel: The Business and Politics of a Cooperative Industrial Institution (1886-1978) (Routledge, September 2015)

Howard Bodenhorn, The Color Factor: The Economics of African-American Well-Being in the Nineteenth-Century South (Oxford University Press, June 2015)

Dan Bouk, How Our Days Became Numbered: Risk and the Rise of the Statistical Individual (University of Chicago Press, May 2015)

William Boyd, The Slain Wood: Papermaking and Its Environmental Consequences in the American South (Johns Hopkins University Press, September 2015)

Francesca Bray, Peter Coclanis, Edda Fields-Black, and Dagmar Schaefer, eds., Rice: Global Networks and New Histories (Cambridge University Press, March 2015)

Trevor Burnard, Planters, Merchants, and Slaves: Plantation Societies in British America, 1650-1820 (University of Chicago Press, October 2015)

Martin Campbell Kelly and Daniel D. Garcia-Swartz, From Mainframes to Smartphones: A History of the International Computer Industry (Harvard University Press, June 2015)

Youssef Cassis and Philip L. Cottrell, Private Banking in Europe: Rise, Retreat, and Resurgence (Oxford University Press, September 2015)

Christy Ford Chapin, Ensuring America's Health: The Public Creation of the Corporate Health Care System (Cambridge University Press, June 2015)

Andrew Wender Cohen, Contraband: Smuggling and the Birth of the American Century (W. W. Norton, August 2015)

William J. Collins and Robert Margo, eds., Enterprising America: Businesses, Banks, and Credit Markets in Historical Perspective (University of Chicago Press, September 2015)

Sean Condon, Shays's Rebellion: Authority and Distress in Post-Revolutionary America (Johns Hopkins University Press, May 2015)

Jonathan Coopersmith, Faxed: The Rise and Fall of the Fax Machine (Johns Hopkins University Press, January 2015)

Richard Davenport-Hines, Universal Man: The Lives of John Maynard Keynes (Basic Books, May 2015)

Christine Desan, Making Money: Coin, Currency, and the Coming of Capitalism (Oxford University Press, January 2015)
     Reviewed by Andrew Allentuck for the Financial Post

Hasia R. Diner, Roads Taken: The Great Jewish Migrations to the New World and the Peddlars Who Forged the Way (Yale University Press, January 2015)

Robert DuPlessis, The Material Atlantic: Clothing, Commerce, and Colonization in the Atlantic World, 1650–1800 (Cambridge University Press, October 2015)

Peter Earle, The Earles of Liverpool: A Georgian Merchant Dynasty (Oxford University Press, August 2015)

Barry Eichengreen, Hall of Mirrors: The Great Depression, the Great Recession, and the Uses—and Misuses—of History (Oxford University Press, January 2015)

Leon Fink, The Long Gilded Age: American Capitalism and the Lessons of a New World Order (University of Pennsylvania Press, January 2015)
        Reviewed by Michail Zontos for LSE Review of Books

Robert Fitzgerald, The Rise of the Global Company: Multinationals and the Making of the Modern World(Cambridge University Press, December 2015)

Ronald P. Formisano, Plutocracy: How Increasing Inequality Destroys the Middle Class and Exploits the Poor (Johns Hopkins University Press, August 2015)

Peter Frankopan, The Silk Roads: A New History of the World(Bloomsbury Publishing, August 2015)

Steve Fraser, The Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power (Little, Brown, February 2015)

Victoria E. M. Gardner, The Business of News in England, 1760-1820 (Palgrave Macmillan, November 2015)

Timothy Gloege, Guaranteed Pure: The Moody Bible Institute, Business, and the Making of Modern Evangelicalism (North Carolina University Press, April 2015)

Heather A. Haveman, Magazines and the Making of America: Modernization, Community, and Print Culture, 1741–1860 (Princeton University Press, September 2015)

Geoffrey M. Hodgson, Conceptualizing Capitalism: Institutions, Evolution, Future (University of Chicago Press, September 2015)

Philip T. Hoffman, Why Did Europe Conquer the World? (Princeton University Press, June 2015)

Vicki Howard, From Main Street to Mall: The Rise and Fall of the American Department Store (University of Pennsylvania Press, May 2015)
        Reviewed by Jan Whitaker for Reviews in History

Richard R. John and Jonathan Silberstein-Loeb, eds., Making News: The Political Economy of Journalism in Britain and America from the Glorious Revolution to the Internet (Oxford University Press, October 2015)

Faye M. Kert, Privateering: Patriots and Profits in the War of 1812 (Johns Hopkins University Press, August 2015)

Kevin M. Kruse, One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America (Basic Books, April 2015)
        Reviewed by L. Benjamin Rolsky for H-AmRel

David Kynaston and Richard Roberts, The Lion Wakes: A Modern History of HSBC (Profile Books, March 2015)

Adrian Leonard, ed., Marine Insurance: Origins and Institutions, 1300-1850 (Palgrave Macmillan, November 2015)

Adrian Leonard and David Pretel, eds., The Caribbean and the Atlantic World Economy: Circuits of Trade, Money and Knowledge, 1650-1914 (Palgrave Macmillan April 2015)

Paul Lerner, The Consuming Temple: Jews, Department Stores, and the Consumer Revolution in Germany, 1880–1940 (Cornell University Press, April 2015)

Andrea Lluch, ed., Las Manos Visibles del Mercado: Intermediaros y Consumidores en la Argentina (Prohistoria Ediciones, August 2015)

Brian P. Luskey and Wendy A. Woloson, eds., Capitalism by Gaslight: Illuminating the Economy of Nineteenth-Century America (University of Pennsylvania Press, February 2015)

Lars Magnusson, The Political Economy of Mercantilism (Routledge, June 2015)
    Reviewed by Shane Horwell for The History Vault

Douglas McCalla, Consumers in the Bush: Shopping in Rural Upper Canada (McGill-Queen's University Press, March 2015)

Brian Phillips Murphy, Building the Empire State: Political Economy in the Early Republic (Universty of Pennsylvania Press, May 2015)
    Reviewed by Edwin Perkins for EH.Net

Laurence B. Mussio, Sun Ascendant: A History of Sun Life of Canada (McGill-Queen's University Press, February 2015)

Chad Pearson, Reform or Repression: Organizing America's Anti-Union Movement (University of Pennsylvania Press, December 2015)

Jean-Louis Peaucelle and Cameron Guthrie, Henri Fayol, the Manager (Pickering & Chatto, March 2015)

David Pennington, Going to Market: Women, Trade and Social Relations in Early Modern English Towns, c. 1550-1650(Ashgate, October 2015)

Jeroen Puttevils, Merchants and Trading in the Sixteenth Century: The Golden Age of Antwerp (Pickering & Chatto, June 2015)

J. Andrew Ross, Joining the Clubs: The Business of the National Hockey League to 1945 (Syracuse University Press, May 2015)

Calvin Schermerhorn, The Business of Slavery and the Rise of American Capitalism, 1815-1860 (Yale University Press, April 2015)

​Sherene Seikaly, Men of Capital: Scarcity and Economy in Mandate Palestine (Stanford University Press, November 2015)

Andy Serwer, et al., American Enterprise: A History of Business in America (Smithsonian Books, July 2015)

Brett Sheehan, Industrial Eden: A Chinese Capitalist Vision (Harvard University Press, April 2015)

Peter A. Shulman, Coal and Empire: The Birth of Energy Security in Industrial America (Johns Hopkins University Press, June 2015)

Germain Sicard, The Origins of Corporations: The Mills of Toulouse in the Middle Ages (Yale University Press, August 2015)

Rebecca L. Spang, Stuff and Money in the Time of the French Revolution (Harvard University Press, January 2015)

Greg Steinmetz, The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: The Life and Times of Jacob Fugger (Simon and Schuster, August 2015)
     Reviewed by Jerry Z. Muller for The New York Times

Jan Stievermann, Philip Goff, and Detlef Junker, eds., Religion and the Marketplace in the United States (Oxford University Press, February 2015)

David Todd, Free Trade and Its Enemies in France, 1814-1851 (Cambridge University Press, June 2015)

Robert Wright, Little Business on the Prairie: Entrepreneurship, Prosperity, and Challenge in South Dakota (Center for Western Studies, April 2015)

Robert E. Wright and Richard Sylla, Genealogy of American Finance (Columbia University Press, March 2015)

Shellen Xiao Wu, Empires of Coal: Fueling China’s Entry into the Modern World Order, 1860-1920 (Stanford University Press, April 2015)

Alexia Yates, Selling Paris: Property and Commercial Culture in the Fin-de-siècle Capital (Harvard University Press, October 2015)