From Silk to Silicon

  • by Jeffrey E. Garten
  • Narrated by Tom Perkins
  • 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From Silk to Silicon tells the story of who these men and women were, what they did, how they did it, and how their achievements continue to shape our world today. They include:


Genghis Khan, who united east and west by conquest and by opening new trade routes built on groundbreaking transportation, communications, and management innovations.
Mayer Amschel Rothschild, who arose from an oppressive Jewish ghetto to establish the most powerful bank the world has seen and ushered in an era of global finance.
Cyrus Field, who became the father of global communications by leading the effort to build the transatlantic telegraph, the forerunner to global radio, TV, and the worldwide Internet.
Margaret Thatcher, whose controversial policies opened the gusher of substantially free markets that linked economies across borders.
Andy Grove, a Hungarian refugee from the Nazis who built the company - Intel - that figured out how to manufacture complex computer chips on a mass commercial scale and laid the foundation for Silicon Valley's computer revolution.

Through these stories Garten probes critical questions, such as: How much influence can any one person have in fundamentally changing the world? From Silk to Silicon is an essential book to understanding the past - and the future - of the most powerful force of our times.

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Fascinating

Travel the ages to find 10 movers and shakers of our world who have struggled and succeeded in tying us together through pain, suffering and with a seemingly singular and similar vision. It's a fascinating view. Arguably, there are others that could be added to the list, but the premise of the book is that in the end we are a global village and when we share our differences, great things happen for the progressive good of the whole and that is when the world moves forward. And it's rarely a rosey journey because when change happens lives often get shattered. That's the ugly side of progress, which the author honestly also includes as a stark reality. Change hurts. Really enjoyed it.
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- 922Vision

Horrible narrator

Interesting book hobbled by narrator who makes some of the most vibrant historical figures boring.
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- W. Schiemenz

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-01-2016
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books