Historian Benjamin Waterhouse comes to The Regulator for a reading and booksigning of his new book, Land of Enterprise: A Business History of the United States.
Land of Enterprise, a new, gripping history of America—told through the executives, bankers, farmers, and politicians who paved the way from colonial times to the present—reveals that this country was founded as much on the search for wealth and prosperity as the desire for freedom. Waterhouse’s new book charts the development of American business from the colonial period to the present. It explores the nation’s evolving economic, social, and political landscape by examining how different types of enterprising activities rose and fell, how new labor and production technologies supplanted old ones—and at what costs—and how Americans of all stripes responded to the tumultuous world of business. In particular, historian Benjamin Waterhouse highlights the changes in business practices, the development of different industries and sectors, and the complex relationship between business and national politics. The Land of Enterprise is not only a comprehensive look into our past achievements, but offers clues as to how to confront the challenges of today’s world: globalization, income inequality, and technological change.
Benjamin C. Waterhouse is a historian of 20th century American politics, business, and capitalism. He is associate professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.