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The Company: A Short History of a Revolutionary Idea

I love learning more about this is water sort of concepts — the things we naturally assume are normal, but are both not natural in any reasonable sense, and historically new developments. The Company is sure to be a favorite in this category: how did we end up with limited liability companies, and what problems did they solve?

It's a quick read, and covers the history of early companies, from merchant traders thousands of years ago, to corporate colonialism, to managerial capitalism,  and finally to our modern multinationals.


These are entirely subjective, and roughly try to capture my personal enjoyment and usefulness, and how likely I'd recommend it to others. Don't read too much into this unless you love my judgement. Rough guidelines:

A: Top quartile. Changed the way I think about something.

B: Worthwhile. I took away something useful.

C: Didn't hit, wouldn't directly recommend. Likely won't revisit.

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