Bakan also makes a key distinction between the (often decent) people who work for corporations and the unique structure of imperatives that direct the actions of every person within it. He explains the nature and discusses the implications of its pathological character and follows this up with a discussion of its increasing power over society. The book draws much of its authority from original interviews with players from the corporate world, pundits who analyse it and critics who highlight its dangers and propose solutions. The final chapter considers what should and can be done to mitigate its potential to cause harm. Bakan argues that however much power the corporation has acquiredand despite the apparent powerlessness of governments to control the beastit still remains our own creation that depends upon the law for its continued existence. The law has made it what it is and the law can and must be used to control it. It would be a mistake therefore, he argues, to assume that the power of popular protest alone can help us and an even bigger mistake to believe that corporations can become socially aware moral entities that put the good of the environment, the community, the people before the generation of profit. Above all, we must realize that the corporation and its underlying ideology are animated by a narrow and destructive conception of human nature that contradicts our hard won values of democracy, social justice, equality and compassion. Bakans book is clearly written, easily accessible and irresistible in its general analysis. A must read, not merely for those interested in the business world, butsince the pathological values of the corporation are determining the kind of world we have todayfor everyone. --Larry Brown --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Fascinating and we'll written. A must read for anyone who wonders about how the world ticks.Published 16 days ago by robert moon
One of my all time favourite books. You will not be disappointed!Published 7 months ago by deirdre OSullivan
Always wanted the book to go with the DVD. Excellent condition for a second hand book which I intend to keep on my bookshelf.Published 11 months ago by Borders Lynn
I found this interesting but nothing remarkable, there is a bit of history on the evolution of corporations, followed by standard treatises on Enron, Worldcom, and erosion of... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Nick Singleton
Interesting book. Highlights the problems in society when those in power, whether, it' s politics, banks, multinationals or religions, tend to be highly dysfunctional, toxic and... Read morePublished 19 months ago by John Cov.
the book is woderful. It can help me strengthen the understanding of my course.Good for exam to achieve high scorePublished 20 months ago by Chuan.Lian
This is less of a review of the book than of the accompanying documentary (I started reading the book but gave up once the DVD arrived, rendering it a bit superfluous). Read morePublished on 4 Mar. 2011 by David Atkinson
This book give a good insight of corporations and their actions/power. It is a must for anyone interested in sustainable development.Published on 29 Oct. 2010 by C. M. A. Rannou
This book and the film documentary, sound a valid warning, an accessible introduction to the problematic nature of large corporations who seemingly have symptoms of psychopathy,... Read morePublished on 15 Jun. 2010 by Peter Buckley