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Corporate Histories – General Collection – Company Histories
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, ENRON, Southwest Airlines, AT&T, U-Haul, Woolworth’s, BNSF Railway, Fidelity, Blackwater, Harley-Davidson, Xerox, Fedex, Studebaker, Oracle, Ford, Cisco, Parker Brothers, L.L. Bean, Starbucks, Google, Imation, Bloomingdales, 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 – Company Histories
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 – Books on Industries
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 – Books on Industries
About 320 U.S. business and industry 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 – Books on Industries
About 400 U.S. business and industry 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 Books – Collection – Books on Industries
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 Books – Collection – Books on Industries
About 200 U.S. business and industry books from the Internet Archive free online on life insurance and the insurance industry.
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Department Stores Books – Collection – Books on Industries
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 Books – Collection – Books on Industries
About 470 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Construction Industry.
More than 500 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Oil Industry”. Oil and gas industry books.
Defense Industries Books – Collection – Books on Industries
About 130 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Defense Industries”. Defense industry books pdf, pdf books about weapons manufacturing companies.
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Computer Software Industry Books – Collection – Books on Industries
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 – Pharmaceutical Industry Book PDF
About 400 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Pharmaceutical Industry”. Pharmaceutical industry book PDF.
Food Industry Books – Collection – Books on Industries
About 800 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Food Industry”. PDF Download Free books on food industry.
Airline Industry Books – Collection – Books on Industries
About 260 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Airlines.
Ancient history books here at Century Past
Offshore: a North Sea journey – Oil and Gas Industry Book
Houghton Mifflin 1986 Dewey Dec. 622
Oil and gas industry book.
The Treatment of Paper for Special Purposes … – Vintage Book on Industries
a Practical Introduction to the Preparation of Paper Products for a Great Variety of Purposes, such as parchment paper, transfer papers, preservative papers, grained transfer papers, fireproof and anti-falsification papers, (etc.)
Andes, Louis Edgar
Scott, Greenwood 1907 Dewey Dec. 676
Weaving the Web: The Past, Present and Future of the World Wide Web by its Inventor – Books on Industries
Orion 1999 Dewey Dec. 025
Bond’s Franchise Guide – America Business History
Bond, Robert E.
Source Book 2004 Dewey Dec. 381
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.
Treatise on Ceramic Industries; a Complete Manual for Pottery, Tile, and Brick Manufacturers – Vintage Book on Industries
Van Nostrand 1911 Dewey Dec. 666
“Translation of a standard French work, the best in print on practical ceramics. The processes described and illustrated cover every class of ceramics from brick to porcelain. American industry not considered.” – A.L.A.Catalog 1904 – 1911
The Pharmaceutical Industry – Pharmaceutical Industry Book PDF
Greenhaven 2009 Dewey Dec. 338.4
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? Pharmaceutical industry book PDF.
Men’s Interest PDF magazines collection
Dot.Con: How America Lost its Mind and Money in the Internet Era – America Business History
Perennial 2003 Dewey Dec. 381
“A history of the dot-com bubble by a financial writer for The New Yorker, with insightful observations about the Federal Reserve and severe views on its chairman, Alan Greenspan.” -NY Times Book Rev
Oil – Oil and Gas Industry Book
Smart Apple Media 2011 Dewey Dec. 622
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. Oil and gas industry book.
Ore Mining Methods – America Business History
Crane, Walter Richard
Wiley 1910 Dewey Dec. 622
Subtitle: “comprising descriptions of methods of support in extraction of ore, detailed descriptions of methods of stoping and mining in narrow and wide veins and bedded and massive deposits including stull and square-set mining, filling and caving methods, open-cut work and a discussion of costs of stoping”.
“Descriptions of methods of ore mining employed in the United States. Though necessarily brief, the application of each method with its advantages and disadvantages is given and well illustrated.” – A.L.A. Catalog 1904-1911
The Politics of the Global Oil Industry: an introduction – Oil and Gas Industry Book
Falola, Toyin and Genova, Ann
Praeger 2005 Dewey Dec. 622
The players — Essentials of oil — The oil companies — The oil-producing nations — OPEC and international oil organizations — The issues — International relations — Environmental concerns — Human rights — Economic development — Oil politics and its global impact — Country case studies — Iraq — Mexico — Nigeria — Norway — Russia — Saudi Arabia — Venezuela. Oil and gas industry book.
Mineral Resources: geology, engineering, economics, politics, law – Oil and Gas Industry Book
Flawn, Peter T.
Rand McNally 1966 Dewey Dec. 622
Mauve: How One Man Invented a Color that Changed the World – America Business History
Norton 2001 Dewey Dec. 666
“The text is understandable by the average layman and is enjoyable reading for the scientist and non-scientist alike.” Sci Books Films
The Romance of Modern Manufacture; a Popular Account of the Marvels of Manufacturing – Vintage Book on Industries
Gibson, Charles R.
Lippincott 1910 Dewey Dec. 670
“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
The Directory of Business Information Resources (19th edition, 2012) – Company Histories
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 – Books on 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.
Chapters: Agriculture — Chemicals — Computer hardware and services — Construction materials and services — Electrical and electronic equipment — Entertainment and recreation — Finance, insurance, and real estate — Food, beverages, and tobacco — Furniture — Glass, plastics, and rubber products — Industrial machinery and equipment — Information media and telecommunications — Medial equipment and services — Metals manufacturing — Mining — Paper and allied products — Petroleum products — Professional services — Retail and wholesale trade — Textiles, apparel, and leather — Transportation and defense equipment — Transportation services — Utilities and public services
A Year in a Coal-Mine – Vintage Book on Industries
Houghton 1911 Dewey Dec. 622
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
Wal-Mart: The Face of Twenty-First-Century Capitalism – Company Histories
New Press 2006 Dewey Dec. 381
This collection of essays discusses the retailer WalMart. “With numerous charts and graphs that keep the data flowing, this assemblage thoroughly dissects the Wal-Mart global high-tech phenomenon through overarching historical, cultural, and economic perspectives.” -Booklist
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Amazonia: Five Years at the Epicenter of the Dot.Com Juggernaut – America Business History
New Press 2004 Dewey Dec. 381
“While the quotidian world of everyday work might have seemed uninteresting, Marcus makes it fun to peek inside company workings to see how Amazon.com invented itself. And the literati name-dropping from interviews, parties, and the like lends a tone of friendly gossip to this tale.” -Libr J
Oil on the Brain: Adventures from the Pump to the Pipeline – Oil and Gas Industry Book
Doubleday 2007 Dewey Dec. 338.2
“By giving voice to the people who are in the global oil chain, Margonelli invites us to leapfrog all the rhetoric, dry statistics, and dire pronouncements about oil in order to truly understand it.” -Fast Company. Oil and gas industry book.
Big-box Swindle: The True Cost of Mega-Retailers and the Fight for America’s Independent Businesses – America Business History
Beacon 2006 Dewey Dec. 381
Mitchell’s “call to action reveals the hidden costs of those low prices’ promoted by the big-box bullies and gives hope to local entrepreneurs and concerned citizens alike.” -Booklist
The Game Makers: The Story of Parker Brothers from Tiddledy Winks to Trivial Pursuit – America Business History
Harvard Business School 2004 Dewey Dec. 338.7
“The author contends that the games [that Parker makes] reflect the American world view of the 20th century. Life is a ruthless struggle in which there are many losers, but it takes place within a framework of unbendable and fairminded rules.” -Economist
Lost Mountain – America Business History
Riverhead 2006 Dewey Dec. 622
Reece “has written an impassioned account of a business rife with industrial greed, devious corporate ownership and unenforced environmental laws. It’s also a heartrending account of the rural residents whose lives are being ruined by strip-mining’s relentless, almost unfettered, encroachment.” Publ Wkly.
Manufacture of Paper – Vintage Books on Industries
Sindall, R. W.
Van Nostrand 1909 Dewey Dec. 676
“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
Fugitive Denim: A Moving Story of People and Pants in the Borderless World of Global Trade – Books on Industries
Snyder, Rachel Louise
Norton 2008 Dewey Dec. 382
“Snyder’s investigation is an essential read for those curious about fashion or the globe-spanning business that produces their clothes.” -Publ Wkly. Free download PDF fashion industry.
Mom & Pop Store: True Stories from the Heart of America – America Business History
Walker 2010 Dewey Dec. 381
“Lively lessons about business ethics and practices that Fortune 500 companies, the author suggests, would be wise to follow.” -Kirkus
Killer Stuff and Tons of Money: Seeking History and Hidden Gems in Flea-Market America – America Business History
Thorndike 2011 Dewey Dec. 381
“A treasure-trove of a book, especially for would-be antiquers.” -Kirkus
Planet Google: One Company’s Audacious Plan to Organize Everything We Know – America Business History
Free Press 2008 Dewey Dec. 338.7
“An outstanding business history of Google from its humble beginnings through the dot-com era to current times.” -Libr J. Free PDF book on Google.com.
Household Manufactures in the United States, 1640-1860: A Study in Industrial History – America Business History
Tryon, Rolla Milton
Chicago: University of Chicago 1917 Dewey Dec. 677
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.
The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power – Oil and Gas Industry Book
Simon & Schuster 1992 Dewey Dec. 338.2
“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. Oil and gas industry book.