Monday, July 9, 2018

June 2018: Business Historians in the News

Recent examples of business historians in the general media:
Catching up with several author interviews of interest on "The Page 99 Test":
  • Amanda PorterfieldCorporate Spirit: Religion and the Rise of the Modern Corporation
  • Adam WinklerWe the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights
  • Harvey G. CohenWho's in the Money? The Great Depression Musicals and Hollywood's New Deal
  • Michael Zakim, Accounting for Capitalism: The World the Clerk Made
And others in The History section of "The New Books Network" podcasts:
  • André Magnan, When Wheat Was King: The Rise and Fall of the Canada-UK Grain Trade
  • Christy Ford Chapin, Ensuring America's Health: The Public Creation of the Corporate Health Care System
  • Anna Zeide, Canned: The Rise and Fall of Consumer Confidence in the American Food Industry
  • Fahad Bishara, A Sea of Debt: Law and Economic Life in the Western Indian Ocean, 1780-1950
In a brief article, the Financial Times features work by Robert Allen and Jane Humphries in "UK economists look to industrial revolution for productivity hint." [may be behind paywall]

Gavin Benke writes about "Elon Musk, Enron, and the Imperial Corporation" on the "Tropics of Meta blog. He also has a post on the Penn Press blog on the topic "Corporate Strategy and the Politics of Climate Change," drawing out research from his new book, Risk and Ruin: Enron and the Culture of American Capitalism.

On the "Public Books" blog, Mehrsa Baradaran is interviewed about her book, The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap, in a post entitled "Black Banks Can't Fix Racial Capitalism."

In the Washington Post's "Made by History" series, Elizabeth Tandy Shermer argues that "The dissent in Janus shows that liberal justices are finally on the side of the working class." [may be behind paywall]

For a late June congressional briefing organized by the National History Center on the history of U.S. trade policy, the speakers were Susan Aaronson, George Washington University, and Alfred Eckes, Jr., Ohio University. Marc Levinson of the Congressional Research Service moderated. The video of the briefing likely will be posted here shortly.