Journals Higher Education



Published: 19 June 1986

640 Pages

ISBN: 9780195040388

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The Vital Few

The Entrepreneur and American Economic Progress

Expanded Edition

Jonathan Hughes

Originally published in 1965, The Vital Few examines the contribution entrepreneurs have made to the American economy by providing portraits of such legendary figures as William Penn, Eli Whitney, Henry Ford, and J. Pierpont Morgan, who helped to establish the character of the American businessperson and to carry our economy forward from colonial times. This new edition includes biographies of Mary Switzer and Marriner Eccles, and a short essay on the nature of bureaucracy in both the government and the private sector.


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