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From Silk to Silicon

Nonfiction: Business & Economics
Unabridged   11.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 03/01/2016

From Silk to Silicon

The Story of Globalization Through Ten Extraordinary Lives

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681680545
Digital Download ISBN:9781681680552


The story of globalization, the most powerful force in history, as told through the life and times of ten people who changed the world by their singular, spectacular accomplishments.

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From Silk to Silicon tells the story of who these men and women were, what they did, how they did it, and how their achievements continue to shape our world today. They include:

• Genghis Khan, who united east and west by conquest and by opening new trade routes built on groundbreaking transportation and management innovations.

• Mayer Amschel Rothschild, who arose from oppression to establish the most powerful bank the world has seen.

• Cyrus Field, who became the father of global communications by leading the effort to build the transatlantic telegraph, the forerunner to global radio, TV, and the worldwide Internet.

• Margaret Thatcher, whose controversial policies opened the gusher of substantially free markets that linked economies across borders.

• Andy Grove, a Hungarian refugee from the Nazis who built the company—Intel—that figured out how to manufacture complex computer chips on a mass, commercial scale.

Through these stories Jeffrey E. Garten finds the common links between these figures and probes critical questions. From Silk to Silicon is an essential book to understanding the past—and the future—of the most powerful force of our times.


"Garten includes discussion of the negative aspects of globalization, providing the listener with a lively introduction to a select group of people who helped shape the modern world. Tom Perkins does an excellent job in telling their stories." —Library Journal Audio Review

"Tom Perkins narrates with unobtrusive consistency, resonating with the drama woven into the narratives and putting to good use his pleasing vocal tone and sensitivity to phrasing." —AudioFile

Author Bio

Jeffrey E. Garten is the Juan Trippe Professor of International Trade, Finance, and Business at the Yale School of Management. He has published four books, and his articles have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Newsweek, Businessweek, Foreign Affairs, and the Harvard Business Review.