Dynastic family businesses have everything: extraordinary success, bizarre eccentricity, bitter rivalry – as well as pots of money and power. Yet almost no one has looked closely enough to see what it is that really makes them tick.
In Dynasties, award-winning author David Landes casts his eye over some of the most powerful family businesses in Europe, Japan and America. On the way, he provides thrilling histories of the characters who have made their mark on the world and passed on a legacy – sometimes benign and sometimes not – to their descendants.
David Landes is Professor Emeritus of History and Economics at Harvard University. He is the author of the bestselling The Wealth and Poverty of Nations, which was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson prize.
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