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  1. Accession/book purchase request request
    Please accession a recently published book, titled: Big Business in America: The Corporate Century: 1900-200 0, by Thomas J. Dorich and published by Lexington books. ISBN-1498595971

    (The author is 70 years old and this is his first published book.)
    The core of Big Business in America is a grand synthesis, stated in its hypothesis:
    The rise of big business, the evolution of its structural form and organizational ideology created a vital force. This institutional force became the dominant socioeconomic and cultural engine that drove the course of American Civilization during the twentieth century.
    This corporate hypothesis is to the twentieth century what Frederick Jackson Turner’s Frontier Hypothesis is to the nineteenth:
    “The existence of an area of free land, its continuous recession, and the advance of American settlement westward explain American development.”
    Referee’s assessment.
    “…the special advantage the book has is the broad lens through which it approaches the subject, as it covers its development over a long period of time, not just a decade or a few decades but over more than a century. This long-range temporal aspect, along with its generalized gaze at the corporation. the economy, and their broad impacts on society and culture, puts this book in the category of ones written by authors like Richard Hofstadter, Daniel Boorstin, James MacGregor Burns, etc.”
    “…I would note that this book exhibits high and noble ambition, attacks a major problem of huge consequence, exhibits a great deal of hard work and intelligence, contains large sections of what for me was highly interesting analysis (e.g. on the impact of progressive thinkers and public leaders such as Herbert Croly, Theodore Roosevelt, and Woodrow Wilson, “Fordism” and the rise of the auto industry and the transportation revolution, post-World War II suburbia , the impact of think tanks and pressure groups such as the Committee for Economic Development, and World War II and Cold War contributions to the military-industrial complex. Personally, my favorite part was the author’s development of “power elite” theory a la C. Wright Mills, G. William Domhoff, etc. This is the kind of thing that I think would be especially interesting and important for students and general readers.”
    “I picture this book as “Galbraithian” in its ambition, scope, utilization of broad concepts and sometimes metaphorical or poetic language. John Kenneth Galbraith, in American Capitalism. The Affluent Society, The New Industrial State, and other books provided students, academics, and general readers with concepts and facts that helped understand in the broadest terms how the American economy (and to a degree society) worked. This book tries to do much of the same thing.”

    TWC

    Big Business in America: The Corporate Century, 1900–2000
    by Thomas J. Dorich | Feb 15, 2021

    About the Author

    Tom Dorich, from the Bridgeport neighborhood on Chicago’s near southwest side, is the son of a truck driver and clerk typist. He received his basic education from Immaculate Conception Grammar School and De La Salle High School. He has a BS in Secondary Education (1973) and a MA in history (1975) from his beloved alma mater, Eastern Illinois University. He received a Ph. D in American history from Arizona State University, where he specialized in the American West, urban and community history, the Progressive Era, public history and quantitative history. He has journal articles published on Jerome, Arizona and its United Verde Copper company, Chicago history, and the Pella Window Corp.
    His working life included doing clerical work in two Fortune 500 corporations, one medium company and at the Dallas Public Library, Arizona State Law Library, and the U. S. Census Bureau. Later in life he worked seasonally for the Educational Testing Service AP Program, the National Park Service and the U.S Forest Service.
    His liberal arts gypsy career includes living in seventeen places since 1982. As a senior citizen and unrepentant Baby Boomer, Professor Tom spends his time reading books and magazines, observes modern life in great Third Places such as libraries, coffee houses, at public events, and during happy hour. He also plays fantasy sports year-round.

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