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Hundreds of free online industry profiles pdf, and corporate histories pdf. Industry guides. Subject collections and suggested titles.

Free online library offering hundreds of books about companies and industries, providing insight into their histories and developments. Discover the stories behind some of the most recognized businesses, explore the development of major industries over time, or gain practical knowledge from lessons in business history.

Book Collections of Company and Industry Histories

Corporate Histories – General Collection

About 100 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Corporate and Business History – General. This collection includes some general business books, biographies of well-known business executives, and company histories pdf. Industries include the food industry, Silicon Valley, Hedge Funds, advertising, Wall Street, automobiles, Silicon Valley, pharma, cargo airlines, credit card companies, and skiing. Books about companies include IKEA, Disney, American Airlines, J. P. Morgan, Ben & Jerry’s, McDonald’s, and Proctor & Gamble. There are also books about the capitalist system.

Company History Books – Collection

About 100 free online books on the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Business Enterprises history”. Includes company histories in the U.s. and worldwide, corporate histories, books about industries and industrial sectors, and many volumes of the International Directory of Company Histories pdf.

Manufacturing Industries Books – Collection

About 320 books related to “Manufacturing Industries”. They include company history books pdf, industry histories pdf, and books about modern factories and trends in manufacturing. They cover U.S. manufacturing and other major manufacturing countries.

High Technology Industries Books – Collection

About 320 U.S. books from the Internet Archive, on High Technology Industries. Topics of free online books include high tech careers, Silicon Valley, investing in high tech companies, Japan’s high technology industries, and management of technology companies.

Robotics Industry Books – Collection

About 400 books on the Robotics industry. They include books for both generalists and specialists on robotics technology and the robotics industry. Also some books about careers in robotics, and artificial intelligence.

Insurance Industry – Collection

About 2,000 insurance books at the Internet Archive. The search results include many works of fiction and marginally related books. Topics of books include the need for reform in the health insurance industry, title insurance, insurance technology, insurance handbook for medical offices, and many books on sectors of the financial industry other than insurance.

Life Insurance Industry – Collection

About 200 U.S. books from the Internet Archive free online on life insurance and the insurance industry.

Department Stores Books – Collection

About 190 books from the Internet Archive free online on the retail industry and Department Stores. Included are company history books for Nordstrom’s, Marshall Field’s, Filene’s, and Eaton’s. Among the nonfiction books are many works of fiction.

Construction Industry – Collection

About 470 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Construction Industry.

Oil and Gas Industry Books – Collection

More than 500 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Oil Industry”. Oil and gas industry books.

Energy Industry Book List

This is a Wikipedia list of books about the energy industry. You can use this Open Library search box to search for free online versions on the Internet Archive.

Defense Industries Books – Collection

About 130 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Defense Industries”.

Computer Software Industry Books – Collection

About 200 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Computer Software Industry. PDF books about software makers.

Pharmaceutical Industry Books – Collection

About 400 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on Pharmaceutical Industry.

Food Industry Books – Collection

About 800 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on the Food business.

Airline Industry Books – Collection

About 260 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Airlines.

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Offshore: a North Sea Journey

Alvarez, Alfred
Houghton Mifflin 1986

Explores the world of the North Sea oil installations and describes the life of the men who are engaged in this business. Oil and Gas industry pdf.

See the Menu at the top of every page for Directories of Free Online Fiction and NonFiction Books, Magazines, and more, on 400 pages like this at Century Past

Weaving the Web: The Original Design and Ultimate Destiny of the World Wide Web by Its Inventor

Berners-Lee, Tim
Paw Prints 1999

Tim Berners-Lee is responsible for one of that century’s most important advancements: the world wide web. Now, this low-profile genius-who never personally profited from his invention -offers a compelling portrait of his invention. He reveals the Web’s origins and the creation of the now ubiquitous http and www acronyms and shares his views on such critical issues as censorship, privacy, the increasing power of software companies, and the need to find the ideal balance between commercial and social forces.

Bond’s Franchise Guide

Bond, Robert E.
Source Book 2004

This guide to over 1000 franchise opportunities in 45 categories gives background, capital requirements, support and training information as well as specifics on expansion in the U.S and Canada.

The Pharmaceutical Industry

Carroll, Jamuna
Greenhaven 2009

A volume in the “Opposing Viewpoints” series, with several contributed essays in each chapter representing various points of view.
Contents: Is Pharmaceutical Research Safe and Unbiased? – Are Prescription Drugs Appropriately Regulated? – Are Pharmaceutical Marketing Practices Ethical? – Is the Cost of Prescription Drugs in America Appropriate?

Dot.Con: How America Lost its Mind and Money in the Internet Era

Cassidy, John
Perennial 2003

The Internet stock bubble … was also about an America that believed it had discovered the secret of eternal prosperity. Moving from the Cold War Pentagon to Silicon Valley to Wall Street and into the homes of millions of Americans, Cassidy tells the story of the great boom and bust in an authoritative and entertaining narrative.


Chapman, Garry
Smart Apple Media 2011

What is a world commodity? — Oil is a commodity — Where is oil found and where it is used? — Timeline: the history of oil — How is oil drilled? — Refining oil — The oil trade — Supply and demand — Codes of practice — International politics and oil — Environmental issues and oil — — Social issues and oil — Is the oil industry sustainable? — The future of the oil industry.

The Politics of the Global Oil Industry: an introduction

Falola, Toyin and Genova, Ann
Praeger 2005

The petroleum industry is among the most lucrative and most important in the world, and its impact within the realm of international politics is tremendous. Falola and Genova introduce the most salient aspects in clear language, offering cogent and up-to-date information about the countries, companies, international organizations, and people who shape the contemporary history of the black gold.

Mauve: How One Man Invented a Color that Changed the World

Garfield, Simon
Norton 2001

1856. Eighteen-year-old chemistry student William Perkin’s experiment has gone horribly wrong. But the deep brown sludge his botched project has produced has an unexpected power: the power to dye everything it touches a brilliant purple. Perkin has discovered mauve, the world’s first synthetic dye, bridging a gap between pure chemistry and industry which will change the world forever. Simon Garfield tells the story of how the colour purple became a sensation.

The Directory of Business Information Resources (19th edition, 2012)

Gottlieb, Richard, ed.
Millerton, NY: Grey House 2011

Reference work. Chapters: Business — Periodicals — Directories, Industries — Periodicals — Directories, Exhibitions — United States — Directories, Exhibitions — Canada — Directories, Trade associations — Directories, Professional associations — United States — Directories, Business information services — Directories, Reference books — Bibliography, Business information services, Business — Periodicals, Exhibitions, Industries, Professional associations, Reference books, Trade associations, Canada, United States.

Encyclopedia of Global Industries

Gottlieb, Richard, ed.
Millerton, NY: Grey House 2007

Covers the history, development, and current status of more than 120 international industries. Each article organizes information under standard headings – for example, “Industry Snapshot,” “Background and Development,” “Industry Leaders,” and “Major Countries in the Industry.” Each also includes Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) and North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes and descriptions. Entries conclude with lists of print and electronic resources, usually from 2004 and 2005.

Oil on the Brain: Adventures from the Pump to the Pipeline

Margonelli, Lisa
Doubleday 2007

Americans buy ten thousand gallons of gasoline a second, without giving it much of a thought. Where does all this gas come from? In search of the truth behind the myths, the author wriggled her way into some of the most off-limits places on earth: the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, the New York Mercantile Exchange’s crude oil market, oil fields from Venezuela, to Texas, to Chad, and even an Iranian oil platform where the United States fought a forgotten one-day battle. Deftly piecing together the mammoth economy of oil, Margonelli finds a series of stark warning signs for American drivers.

Big-box Swindle: The True Cost of Mega-Retailers and the Fight for America’s Independent Businesses

Mitchell, Stacy
Beacon 2006

An expert’s in-depth exploration of the enormous impact of mega-retailers—and what communities and independent businesses can do. Stacy Mitchell illustrates how mega-retailers are fueling many of our most pressing problems, from the shrinking middle class to rising water pollution and diminished civic engagement. She uncovers the shocking role government policy has played in the expansion of mega-retailers and builds a compelling case that communities composed of many small businesses are healthier and more prosperous than those dominated by large chains.

International Directory of Company Histories Vols 1-97 (Incomplete)

Volume 97

Pederson, Jay P., ed.
Gale Cengage Learning 1988 – 2009

A multi-volume major reference work bringing together histories of companies that are a leading influence in a particular industry or geographic location. Each successive volume contains three cumulative indexes of all the companies profiled up to that point. Use the second link to open Volume 97 and find the last indexes: Cumulative Index to Companies page 489, Index to Industries p. 571, and Geographic Index p. 635. Some volumes are missing from this collection. Also, the volumes are not all in order; you will need to scroll down to find some early volumes.

Lost Mountain: A Year in the Vanishing Wilderness Radical Strip Mining and the Devastation of Appalachia

Reece, Eric
Riverhead 2006

A new form of strip mining has caused a state of emergency for the Appalachian wilderness and the communities that depend on it-a crisis compounded by issues of government neglect, corporate hubris, and class conflict. In this powerful call to arms, Erik Reece chronicles the year he spent witnessing the systematic decimation of a single mountain and offers a landmark defense of a national treasure threatened with extinction.

Fugitive Denim: A Moving Story of People and Pants in the Borderless World of Global Trade

Snyder, Rachel Louise
Norton 2008

Rachel Louise Snyder reports from the far reaches of the multi-billion-dollar denim industry in search of the people who make your clothes. From a cotton picker in Azerbaijan to a Cambodian seamstress, a denim maker in Italy to a fashion designer in New York, Snyder captures the human, environmental, and political forces at work in a complex and often absurd world. Neither polemic nor prescription, Fugitive Denim captures what it means to work in the twenty-first century.

The Mom & Pop Store: True Stories from the Heart of America

Spector, Robert
Walker 2010

Mom & pop stores have always brought people together, fostering a sense of neighborhood identity and camaraderie, and are the glue that connects people in big cities and small towns alike. Spector set out to discover the state, and the state of mind, of independent retailing in America. Owners shared their stories with him, revealing the spirit and tenacity of the small business owner. Spector also interweaves the history of independent retailing.

Killer Stuff and Tons of Money: Seeking History and Hidden Gems in Flea-Market America

Stanton, Maureen
Thorndike 2011

One dealer’s journey from the populist mayhem of flea markets to the rarefied realm of auctions reveals the rich, often outrageous subculture of antiques and collectibles. Week in, week out, Avery trawls the flea and antiques circuit-buying, selling, and advising other dealers in his many areas of expertise, from furniture to glass to stoneware, and more. This is an insider’s look at a subculture replete with arcane traditions and high drama, an inspiring account of a self-made man making his way in a cutthroat field, a treasure trove of tips for those who seek out old things themselves, and a thoroughly fresh, vibrant view of history as blood sport.

The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power

Yergin, Daniel
Simon & Schuster 1992

“A history of the oil industry, from the first oil well ever drilled (near Titusville, PA in 1859) to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. It recalls advances in technology, innovations in salesmanship, and wars and truces among corporations and nations.” -New Yorker.

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Googled: The End of the World As We Know It

Auletta, Ken
Penguin 2009

Author Ken Auletta takes readers for a ride on the Google wave, telling the story of how it formed and crashed into traditional media businesses, from newspapers to books, to television, to movies, to telephones, to advertising, to Microsoft. With unprecedented access to Google’s founders and executives, as well as to those in media who are struggling to keep their heads above water, Auletta reveals how the industry is being disrupted and redefined.

Wheels for the World: Henry Ford, His Company, and a Century of Progress 1903-2003

Brinkley, Douglas
Viking 2003

Reveals the riveting details of Ford Motor Company’s epic achievements, chronicling the success of the Tin Lizzie to the beloved Model A through the glory days of the Thunderbird, Mustang, and Taurus, as well as the revolutionary plants where they were built. Brinkley tells of the amazing acquisitions of Volvo, Land Rover, Jaguar, and Mazda in the 1990s. His narrative also explores Ford Motor Company’s darker aspects, from its founder’s anti-Semitism, ill-considered wartime pacifism, and disloyalty.

Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power

Coll, Steve
Penguin 2012

The author investigates the largest and most powerful private corporation in the United States, revealing the true extent of its power. Despite its outsized global influence, the true nature of the company is not widely known by the general public. This book pulls back the curtain, tracking the corporation’s recent history and its central role on the world stage.

Tupperware, Unsealed: Brownie Wise, Earl Tupper, and the Home Party Pioneers

Kealing, Bob
University of Florida 2008

Brownie Wise, the first woman to appear on the cover of Business Week, was the driving force behind making Tupperware a household name. Fired under mysterious circumstances, she was written out of Tupperware history and died in obscurity. A trailblazing businesswoman decades ahead of her time, Wise created the Tupperware “home party” phenomenon in the 1950s. Wise’s idea to market Tupperware exclusively through in-home sales sparked a cultural revolution in post World War II America. Wise’s rise and fall, and her relationship with the eccentric Tupper, is the stuff of legend; a story told finally, and fully, in Tupperware Unsealed.

The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That is Connecting the World

Kirkpatrick, David
Simon & Schuster 2010

It is one of the fastest growing companies in history, an essential part of the social life not only of teenagers but hundreds of millions of adults worldwide. Veteran technology reporter David Kirkpatrick had the full cooperation of Facebook’s key executives in researching this fascinating history of the company and its impact on our lives.

Wal-Mart: The Face of Twenty-First-Century Capitalism

Lichtenstein, Nelson
New Press 2006

This book marks an ambitious effort to dissect the full extent of Wal-Mart’s business operations, its social effects, and its role in the United States and world economy. The book is based on a spring 2004 conference of leading historians, business analysts, sociologists, and labor leaders. It examines such topics as the giant retailer’s managerial culture, revolutionary use of technological innovation, and controversial pay and promotional practices to provide the most complete guide yet available to one of America’s largest companies.

Dethroning the King: The Hostile Takeover of Anheuser-Busch, an American Icon

MacIntosh, Julie
Wiley 2010

The takeover of one of the most well-known and beloved American brands, second only to Disney in popularity, by a Belgian company actually controlled by Brazilians is a fascinating drama that went largely unreported in 2008. From the very local heart of the heartland to the European continent to Brazil, the story of the takeover of Anheuser-Busch by InBev, a Belgian company actually controlled by Brazilians, is fascinating, wide-reaching, and profound. It presaged America’s dwindling political and financial dominance, coming just before the economic crisis of 2008 exploded.

Poisoned Legacy: The Human Cost of BP’s Rise to Power

Magner, Mike
St Martin’s 2011

On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing eleven workers and creating the largest oil spill in the history of U.S. offshore drilling. But, this wasn’t the first time British Petroleum and its cost-cutting practices destroyed parts of the natural world. It also was not the first time that BP’s negligence resulted in the loss of human life, ruined family businesses or shattered dreams. From Alaska to Kansas to the Gulf, journalist Mike Magner has talked to people whose lives have been destroyed by BP’s almost unparalleled corporate greed.

Amazonia: Five Years at the Epicenter of the Dot.Com Juggernaut

Marcus, James
New Press 2004

James Marcus, hired by Amazon.com in 1996— when the company was so small his e-mail address could be james@amazon.com—looks back a decade later at the ecstatic rise, dramatic fall, and remarkable comeback of the consummate symbol of late 1990s America. Marcus offers a ringside seat on everything from his first interview with Jeff Bezos to the company’s bizarre, Nordic-style retreats.

The Secret of Chanel No. 5: The Intimate History of the World’s Most Famous Perfume

Mazzeo, Tilar J.
Harper 2010

Mazzeo’s sweeping story of the iconic scent (known as “le monstre” in the fragrance industry) stretches from Coco Chanel’s early success to the rise of the seminal fragrance during the 1950s to the confirmation of its bestseller status in today’s crowded perfume market.

The Company: A Short History of a Revolutionary Idea

Micklethwait, John and Wooldridge, Adrian
Modern Library 2003

The Company fills a hole we didn’t know existed, revealing that we cannot make sense of the past four hundred years until we place that seemingly humble Victorian innovation, the joint-stock company, in the center of the frame. Economist editors John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge reveal the company to be one of history’s great catalysts, for good and for ill, a mighty engine for sucking in, recombining, and pumping out money, goods, people, and culture to every corner of the globe.

The Game Makers: The Story of Parker Brothers from Tiddledy Winks to Trivial Pursuit

Orbanes, Philip
Harvard Business School 2004

Orbanes, a game historian and former executive at Parker Brothers, tells a story rich in examples of business acumen that spans world wars, family tragedy, the Great Depression, and global competition. Pairing Parker’s enduring business lessons with little-known historical anecdotes, Orbanes reveals the often whimsical origin of classic games-Tiddledy Winks, Monopoly, Nerf, Sorry!, the modern jigsaw puzzle, and more-and how Parker Brothers turned them into cultural icons.

Planet Google: One Company’s Audacious Plan to Organize Everything We Know

Stross, Randall
Free Press 2008

Planet Google goes deep inside the company to unveil the extraordinary scope and scale of its ambition to become the master gate-keeper of “all the world’s information,” including its users’ most personal information. New York Times columnist Randall Stross provides a lively tour through Google’s flurry of new information gathering initiatives.

The Googlization of Everything (And Why We Should Worry)

Vaidhyanathan, Siva
University of California 2011

“This is a critically important book because it’s really about the Googlization of All of Us. This is a brilliant meditation on technology, information, and consumer inertia, as well as an ambitious challenge to change how, where, why, and what we Google. Vaidhyanathan forces us to think long and hard about taking responsibility for what we all know and how we know it.”—Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor of Slate Magazine.

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VINTAGE BOOKS – Companies, Industries

The Romance of Modern Manufacture; a Popular Account of the Marvels of Manufacturing

Gibson, Charles R.
Lippincott 1910

“Describes in popular manner the evolution and modern methods of many important industries. Useful for material not to be found elsewhere.” – A.L.A.Catalog 1904 – 1911.

A Year in a Coal-Mine

Husband, Joseph
Houghton 1911

Experiences of a Harvard graduate while learning by actual work the “operating end” of coalmining in an Illinois mine. – A.L.A. Catalog 1904-1911.

Manufacture of Paper

Sindall, R. W.
Van Nostrand 1909

“Semi-technical work, outlining the history and processes of paper manufacture and indicating recent improvements. Usefully supplemented by Andes’ Treatment of paper for special purposes.” – A.L.A.Catalog 1904 – 1911.

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Household Manufactures in the United States, 1640-1860: A Study in Industrial History

Tryon, Rolla Milton
Chicago: University of Chicago 1917

Chapter headings are: -Factors affecting Household Manufactures in the Colonies, -The Status of Household Manufactures in the Colonies, -A Quarter-Century of Developments, 1784-1809, -A Year’s Output of the Family Factory (includes household manufactures in every state and territory, and household textile manufactures), -The Products of the Family Factory (wearing apparel, textile supplies, household implements, utensils, furniture, farming implements, building materials, general supplies), -The Transition from Family- to Shop- and Factory-Made Goods, -The Passing of the Family Factory, -Bibliography

Chapter 6, “The Products of the Family Factory”, contains a section entitled “Wearing Apparel and Household Textile Supplies” on pages 190-216. Included here are explanations of all the processes involved in home production of linen, woolen and cotton textiles. There is also a discussion of other products used in wearing apparel on the frontier, such as leather and other animal skins, cattle and buffalo hair, and lint from nettles.

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