Skip to main content
Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
The Change Makers

The Change Makers

From Carnegie to Gates, How the Great Entrepreneurs Transformed Ideas into Industries

Maury Klein

Times Books



From one of America's foremost business historians, a penetrating and engaging look at the qualities that create great entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs, even more than inventors, are essential to American business. While inventors produce ideas, entrepreneurs get things done, build the markets, make ideas reality. But what creative talents do the legendary American entrepreneurs share, and what can you learn from them about business success?

Using lively character sketches and company stories, University of Rhode Island professor and author Maury Klein analyzes how innovators from Andrew Carnegie to Bill Gates triumphed over perennial challenges in planning and strategy, production, operations, staffing, and sales--and transformed entire industries. Comparing the retailing acumen of J.C. Penney and Wal-Mart's Sam Walton, the organizational ingenuity of Standard Oil's John D. Rockefeller and Citigroup's Sandy Weill, the imaginative marketing of General Motors' Alfred Sloan and MacDonald's Ray Kroc, Klein reveals the art and archetype of successful entrepreneurialism. Moving beyond the clichés, he describes the artistry of great businessmen who build empires and dreams as well as fortunes, in The Change Makers.

Praise for The Change Makers

“A luminescent portrait of the most celebrated company creators . . . From Klein's discerning analysis of their ingenious ways comes a compelling road map for entrepreneurs.” —Michael Useem, author of The Leadership Moment -

Reviews from Goodreads

Maury Klein

A professor at the University of Rhode Island, Maury Klein is one of today's most acclaimed business historians. He is the author of twelve books, including Rainbow's End and The Life and Legend of Jay Gould, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

Times Books

Latest on Facebook