Dynasties: Fortunes and Misfortunes of the World's Great Family Businesses

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: David S. Landes

Narrated By: Alan Sklar

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: November 2006

Duration: 13 hours 28 minutes


Through perseverance, solid ingenuity, and unwavering determination, family-run companies---dynasties---have dominated wealth and business throughout the last two centuries. One third of Fortune 500 firms are family owned and, in most cases, the ideal of the family business is one synonymous with continuity, watchful leadership, and dedication to success. But what happens when bad behavior, extravagance, and laziness---all very real enemies of industry---are allowed to proliferate?


  • Anonymous

    I found the book rather dull, it only provides a rather vague and cursory review of various families that have maintained their positions as captains of industry and those that have lost them. Would have been a much better book if he had just concentrated on one - generally unknown dynasty and and gone into more depth. My recommendation: Don't rent it.