Annotated Bibliography on Corporations

compiled by George Draffan
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Adams, Walter and James W. Brock. The Bigness Complex: Industry, Labor, and Government in the American Economy. New York: Pantheon, 1986.


Arnold, Thurman. The Folklore of Capitalism. New York: Yale University Press, 1937. (Social institutions; private property; personification of corporations; how antitrust laws encourage monopoly; the ritual of corporate reorganization; taxation by corporations. The author was the head of the Department of Justice Antitrust Division from 1938 to 1943).


Barber, Richard J. The American Corporation: Its Power, Its Money, Its Politics. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1970. (The author was counsel for the Senate Anti-Trust Subcommittee).


Barnet, Richard J. and Ronald E. Muller. Global Reach: The Power of the Multinational Corporations. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1974.


Barnet, Richard J. and John Cavanagh. Global Dreams: Imperial Corporations and the New World Order. New York: Touchstone, 1994.


Berle, Adolph A. and Means, Gardiner C. The Modern Corporation and Private Property. New York: Macmillan, 1933; Transaction Publishers, 1995

Blair, John M. Economic Concentration, Structure, Behavior and Public Policy. New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1972.


Bowles, Samuel and Herbert Gintis. Democracy & Capitalism: Property, Community, and the Contradictions of Modern Social Thought. New York: Basic Books, 1987. (Ties economic and political independence).


Bowman, Scott R. The Modern Corporation and American Poltiical Thought: Law, Power and Ideology. Pennsylvania University Press, 1996.


Brandeis, Louis D. The Curse of Bigness. New York: Viking, 1934.


Brandeis, Louis D. Other People's Money and How the Bankers Use It. Published as Breaking the Money Trust, a series of articles in Harper's magazine in 1913; published in book form in 1914. Published by Bedford Books of St. Martin's Press, 1995.


Brooks, John Graham. The Conflict Between Private Monopoly and Good Citizenship. Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1909. (The author was president of the National Consumers' League).


Chandler, Alfred D., Jr., editor. The Railroads: the Nation's First Big Business. NY: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1965. Republished by Arno Press, 1981.


Chandler, Alfred D., Jr. The Visible Hand: the Managerial Revolution in American Business. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1977. 608 pp. (Traces how the modern hierarchical, managerial corporation replaced the small traditional family firm and the traditional processes of production and distribution -- and took the place of market mechanisms in resource allocation and economic activity).


Davis, John P. Corporations: A Study of the Origin and Development of Great Business Combinations and of their Relation to the Authority of the State. New York: Capricorn Books, 1904, 1961. (Classic history of corporations--church, municipal, guild, educational, colonial, and modern--since the Middle Ages).


Dowd, Douglas. U.S. Capitalist Development Since 1776: Of, By and For Which People? Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 1993.


Dowell, Eldridge Foster. A History of Criminal Syndicalism Legislation in the United States. 1939.


Estes, Ralph. Tyranny of the Bottom Line: Why Corporations Make Good People Do Bad Things. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 1996. (One of the best books on the uses of disclosure, and the need for corporate accountability to a larger group of stakeholders. Where others have estimated that corporate subsidies cost more than a hundred billion dollars a year, corporate accountant Estes provides detailed numbers showing $2.7 trillion).


Evans, George Herberton, Jr. Business Incorporations on the United States 1800-1943. National Bureau of Economic Research, 1948.


Ferry, W.H. The Corporation and the Economy. Santa Barbara, CA: Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, 1959.


Graham, Howard J. Everyman's Constitution. 1968.


Green, Mark J., Beverly C. Moore, Jr., and Bruce Wasserstein. The Closed Enterprise System: Ralph Nader's Study Group on Antitrust Enforcement. New York: Bantam Books, 1972.


Green, Mark J., editor. The Big Business Reader on Corporate America. New York: Pilgrim Press, 1983 revised edition. (Essays on the corporation and the consumer, labor, natural resources, community, politics, corporations and government as partners, regulation, and alternatives to business as usual).


Grossman, Richard, and Frank T. Adams. Taking Care of Business: Citizenship and the Charter of Incorporation. Cambridge, MA: Charter, Ink., 1993.


Handlin, Oscar, and Mary F. Handlin. Origins of the American Business Corporation. Journal of Economic History, 1945.


Hoover's Handbook of American Business

Hoover's Handbook of World Business

Short profiles of American, European, Asian, Latin American, and Canadian corporations. Not as critical as Moskowitz's Everybody's Business. Available on-line


Horwitz, Morton J. The Transformation of American Law, 1780-1860. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1977.


Hurst, James Willard. The Legitimacy of the Business Corporation in the Law of the United States 1780-1970. Charlottsville: University Press of Virginia, 1970.


Josephson, Matthew. The Money Lords: The Great Finance Capitalists 1925-1950. New york: Weybright and Talley, 1972.


Josephson, Matthew. The Robber Barons: The Great American Capitalists 1861-1901. New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1934. (Cooke, Gould, Carnegie, Vanderbilt, Hill, Rockefeller, Morgan).


Kefauver, Estes. In a Few Hands: Monopoly Power in America. Baltimore: Penguin, 1965. (Head of U.S. Senate crime investigating committee 1950-51; the 1950 Celler-Kefauver Act amended the Clayton Anti-Trust Act).


Korten, David C. When Corporations Rule the World. San Francisco: Barrett-Koehler Publishers and Kumerian Press, 1995.


Laidler, Harry W. Concentration of Control in American Industry. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Publishers, 1931.


Lloyd, Henry Demarest. Wealth Against Commonwealth. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1894.


Lorsch, Jay W. Pawns or Potentates: The Reality of America's Corporate Boards. Boston: Harvard Business School Press, 1989.


Lowe, Janet. The Secret Empire: How 25 Multinationals Rule the World. Homewood, IL: Business One Irwin, 1992.


Lustig, R. Jeffrey. Corporate Liberalism: The Orgins of Modern Political Theory, 1890-1920. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1982.


Mander, Jerry. (Chapter on corporations in) In the Absence of the Sacred.


Mason, Edward S. Corporation. In: International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences. New York, 1968.


Mayer, Carl J. Personalizing the Impersonal: Corporations and the Bill of Rights. Hastings Law Journal, 41, March 1990.


McConnell, Grant. Private Power and American Democracy. New York: Random House, 1966.


Miller, Arthur Selwyn. The Supreme Court and American Capitalism. New York: Free Press, 1968, 1972.


Mokhiber, Russell. Corporate Crime and Violence: Big Business Power and the Abuse of the Public Trust. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1988. (36 profiles of corporate irresponsibility and an overview that includes a 50-point law and order program to curb corporate crime).


Moskowitz, Milton, Michael Katz, and Robert Levering. Everybody's Business, an Almanac: the Irreverent Guide to Corporate America. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1980. Revised edition in 1990 entitled Everybody's Business: A Field Guide to the 400 Leading Companies in America. (Anecdotal rather than comprehensive, and not radical, but somewhat critical, and very useful).


Moskowitz, Milton. The Global Marketplace: 102 of the Most Influential Companies Outside America. New York: Macmillan, 1987.


Multinational Monitor. Essential Information, Inc., P.O. Box 19405, Washington DC 20036.


Mumford, Lewis. The Myth of the Machine. Volume 1: Technics and Human Development (1967). Volume 2: The Pentagon of Power (1970). (Classic history of the mechanization of the world and of the totalitarian power structure that evolved along with it).


Mueller, Willard F. A Primer on Monopoly and Competition. New York: Random House, 1970.


Myers, Gustavus. History of the Great American Fortunes. New York: Modern Library, 1907, 1937. (Classic expose from the colonial slaveholders and shippers to Astor, Field, Vanderbilt, Gould, Sage, Morgan, Elkins, Hill, Rockefeller, Guggenheim, and Du Pont).


Nader, Ralph, Mark Green, and Joel Seligman. Corporate Power in America. New York: Norton, 1976.


Nader, Ralph, Mark Green, and Joel Seligman. Taming the Giant Corporation. New York: Norton, 1976. (The case for federal chartering of corporations).


National Bureau of Economic Research. Business Incorporations in the United States 1800-1943. NBER, 1948.


Petulla, Joseph M. American Environmental History: The Exploitation and Conservation of Natural Resources. San Francisco: Boyd & Fraser, 1977.


Porter, Glenn. The Rise of Big Business, 1860-1910. Arlington Heights, IL: AHM Publishing, 1973.


Pring, George W. and Penelope Canan. SLAPPs: Getting Sued for Speaking Out. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1996.


Reich, Charles A. Opposing the System. New York: Crown, 1996.


Ridgeway, James. Who Owns the Earth. New York: Collier Books, 1980. (Profiles the human uses of natural resources, the history of their exploitation, their geographic sources, and the big corporate players in various industries).


Romano, Roberta. The Genius of American Corporate Law. Washington, DC: American Enterprise Press, 1993. (A good place to study the arguments which extol the benefits of state chartering and less regulation).


Saari, David C. Globalizing Corporations in Democratic Nations. (in progress).


Samuels, Warren J. and Arthur Selwyn Miller, editors. Corporations and Society: Power and Responsibility. Greenwood Press, 1987. (Includes several essays on the history and implications of corporate personhood).


Sklar, Holly, editor. Trilateralism: The Trilateral Commission and Elite Planning for World Management. Boston: South End Press, 1980. (26 essays).


Sklar, Martin J. The Corporate Reconstruction of American Capitalism, 1890-1916: The Market, the Law and Politics. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1988.


Sobel, Robert. The Age of Giant Corporations: A Microeconomic History of American Business 1914-1992. Westport, CT: Praeger; 3rd edition, 1992.


Trachtenberg, Alan. The Incorporation of America: Culture and Society in the Gilded Age. New York: Hill & Wang, 1982.


Twiss, Benjamin. Lawyers and the Constitution: How Laissaez Faire Came to the Supreme Court. New York: Russell & Russell, 1925. (How the political and economic power given to corporations was justified "in a largely irrelevant field of words and phrases dealing with individual rights rather than public organizations... [L]aissez faire decisions have been made in the name of individualism..." (p. 258)).


Weinstein, James. The Corporate Ideal in the Liberal State 1900-1918. Boston: Beacon Press, 1968. (The American liberal corporate political and social ideology was formulated by corporate and financial leaders by the end of World War I).


Wolf, Peter. Land in America: Its Value, Use, and Control. New York: Pantheon Books, 1981.


Zinn, Howard. A People's History of the United States. Harper Perennial, 1980.


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