This is an excellent and unusal textbook. It is unusual in two ways: Firstly its structure combines large overview chapters (on British, German, American and Japanese Capitalism) with detailed micro-histories of important firms and people, (such as Josiah Wedgewood, Thomas Watson, Rolls Royce and Toyota Motors). Secondly it is unusual in that it is beautifully written and well-presented. The text is a joy to read and there are many interesting photographs and useful tables of historical data. The great strength of the book is that it seriously argues (and demonstrates) that there are multiple versions of capitalism existing in the world, and it does this in an interesting and readable way. A superb book that I would recommend to any students of business history.