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U.S. business and industry eBooks, company history books, all free online. Books about companies & industries.

U.S. Industries & Companies Books

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U.S. Industries & Companies Books

Corporate and Business History Books – 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. 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.

‘Collections’ take longer to appear on your screen than single books.  On a phone, only about 25 books in a collection may appear.

Company History Books – Collection

About 2,300 free online books on the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Company History”. Includes company histories in the U.s. and worldwide, corporate histories, books about industries and industrial sectors, and 20 volumes of the ‘International Directory of Company Histories’. The business books are mixed up with other kinds of history books.

Manufacturing Industries Books – Collection

About 150 books related to “Manufacturing Industries”. They include company history books, industry histories, and books about modern factories and trends in manufacturing. They cover U.S. manufacturing and other major manufacturing countries.

High Technology Industries – Book Collection

About 150 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 Books – Collection

About 100 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 – Book Collection

About 150 industry books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on the “Insurance Industry”. 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 -Book Collection

About 100 U.S. business and industry books from the Internet Archive free online on life insurance and the insurance industry.

For thousands more free online non-fiction books, see our A-Z Subject Index

Department Stores – Book Collection

About 100 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

About 170 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Construction Industry.

Oil Industry Books – Collection

More than 500 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Oil Industry”. Be patient as the page loads.

Defense Industry Books – Collection

About 100 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Defense Industry”. Be patient as the page loads.

Old magazines online free here at Century Past

Computer Industry Books – Collection

More than 600 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Computer Industry”. Be patient as the page loads.

Computer Software Industry Books – Collection

About 100 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Computer Software Industry.

Pharmaceutical Industry Books – Collection

More than 150 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Pharmaceutical Industry”. Be patient as the page loads.

Food Industry Books – Collection

About 600 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Food Industry”. Be patient as the page loads.

Airlines Books – Collection

About 120 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Airlines.

Garment Industry – Book Collection

About 15 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Garment Industry”. Be patient as the page loads.

Textile Industry – Book Collection

About 150 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Textile Industry”. Be patient as the page loads.

Ancient history books here at Century Past

Offshore: a North Sea journey

Alvarez, Alfred
Houghton Mifflin 1986 Dewey Dec. 622

The Treatment of Paper for Special Purposes …

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

Bond’s Franchise Guide

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

Bourry, Emile
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

Carroll, Jamuna
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?

Men’s Interest PDF magazines collection

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

Cassidy, John
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


Chapman, Garry
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

Ore Mining Methods

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 Country Dyer’s Assistant

Ellis, Asa Jr.
Brookfield, MA: Merriam 1798 Dewey Dec. 667

An American handbook from the end of the 18th century for making and using dyes for coloring fabric. The author says that the procedures described here could be used in the home as well as by professionals.

The Politics of the Global Oil Industry: an introduction

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

Mineral Resources: geology, engineering, economics, politics, law

Flawn, Peter T.
Rand McNally 1966 Dewey Dec. 622

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

Garfield, Simon
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

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

Mythology and Folklore books

A Year in a Coal-Mine

Husband, Joseph
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

Lichtenstein, Nelson
New Press 2006 Dewey Dec. 381

This collection of essays discusses the retailer Wal-Mart. “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

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

Marcus, James
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

Margonelli, Lisa
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

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

Mitchell, Stacy
Beacon 2006 Dewey Dec. 381

Mitchell’s “call to action reveals the hidden costs of those Mow 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

Orbanes, Philip
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

Reece, Eric
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

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

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

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

Spector, Robert
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

Stanton, Maureen
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

Stross, Randall
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.

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

Yergin, Daniel
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

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