The Fire of Invention: Civil Society and the Future of the Coporation (Hardback)
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The Fire of Invention: Civil Society and the Future of the Coporation (Hardback)

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Hardback 192 Pages / Published: 28/08/1997
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Many Americans today consider the corporation to be the number one public enemy. Downsizing, corporate greed, an exclusive focus on the needs of shareholders at the expense of workers-the list of complaints from the left and right is long and growing. In this penetrating and insightful book, Michael Novak, regarded by some as America's foremost social thinker, and author of such internationally acclaimed bestsellers as The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism and Business as a Calling, argues that these critics ask the corporation to be something it is not, and they overlook the functions that it performs best-the cultivation of civil society, the fortification of democracy, and the elevation of the poor. Borrowing a phrase from Abraham Lincoln, Novak shows how the corporation weds "the fire of invention" to the "fuel of interest" to generate a creative, dynamic, and civic-minded citizenry.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780847686643
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 318 g
Dimensions: 200 x 120 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
This book must be read by anyone serious about the future of America. Its ideas will change the lives of millions. -- Robert L. Dilenschneider, The Dilenschneider Group, Inc.
A profound experience awaits the reader. -- Daniel P. Moynihan, United States Senator, DNY
In The Fire of Invention, Michael Novak does what we have come to expect of him: write on matters of capitalism and corporate governance in an eloquent, illuminating and morally serious manner. He understands as few others do the great promise, as well as the limits and temptations, of democratic capitalism. -- William J. Bennett, former U.S. Secretary of Education, author of The Book of Virtues
In The Fire of Invention, Michael Novak reminds us that the business corporation is not merely a necessary evil to be tolerated, but an integral part of our democratic order critical to both civic and public life. He forthrightly rejects trendy attempts to recycle socialist ideas from the 'stakeholder society' to strictures against downsizing, while pointing us to the true sources of creativity in the postindustrial world. -- Francis Fukuyama, author of The End of History and the Last Man
A must-read book for every CEO. -- Roberto C. Goizueta, CEO, The Coca Cola Corporation
This book is a must for every student of freedom, every public policy maker concerned with economic progress, and every business person concerned with the interests of consumers and shareholders alike. -- John M. Templeton, M.D., president, John Templeton Foundation
Novak's trenchant observations, well-grounded and well-argued, draw upon his vast knowledge of American history and corporate America, and will be an education for business and political leaders alike. -- William E. Simon, president, John M. Olin Foundation, Inc.
Brilliant, succinct analysis of the American corporation today. Novak convincingly portrays its much-reviled institution as an unparalleled creator of wealth, mobilizing people and capital to perform innovative, complex tasks, its very independence from government making it a vital bulwark for democracy and liberty. * Forbes *
One of the best introductions to the subject of the morality of the corporation that one can find. Its brevity is an asset, not a liability; it makes The Fire of Invention a perfect gift for that busy corporate executive you know who needs to understand more clearly why what he does is socially beneficial and morally just. * The Freeman *
The Fire of Invention is a highly readable book. -- Victoria Sizemore Long * Kansas City Star, Dec. 97 *
The most welcome paperback edition of a book that has been widely and justly lauded for its moral evaluation of the contemporary corporation. It will also challenge and inform those who are uncritically enthusiastic about the corporation. * First Things *

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