This was my first foray into Greek classics (the only other work I’d read was The Odyssey in high school) as part of a goal to read more of them, and I felt particularly energized by Pericles’ speeches.
Focuses on Teledyne, the #1 company by shareholder returns in the latter half of the 20th century. The cofounder and CEO, Henry Singleton, is *the* master capital allocator, and had worked with or knew just about everyone, including Richard Feynman (MIT classmate and Putnam Prize teammate) to Claude Shannon (Teledyne board member and long-time shareholder).
The author is not great on elaborating. The whole books is basically a giant list of actions that Teledyne and Singleton did, so if you’re interested in that, I recommend it. If you were hoping for something more akin to a biography, this isn’t it (though there are a few good anecdotes).
The Corporation That Changed the World by Nick Robins
Short, but very informative read on the history of the British East India Company. This one doesn’t shy away from mentioning the crimes committed by the Company, and gives great background on how financial markets and corporate structures were shaped and evolved in Britain.
My only complaint is that the author spends far too much time on talking about certain buildings and streets 😦