Business in Britain - Graham TurnerEyre & Spottiswoode, 1969, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper frayed with a tape-repair to the head of the spine, slight loss at the head of the lower panel. Price Clipped. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.
From the cover: “Graham Turner presents the first full-length anatomy of business in this country: its problems, its battles and its leaders. It is based on three years’ research and close contact and discussion with leaders of industry: Arnold Weinstock, Lord Stokes, Sir Frank Kearton, Lord Cole of Unilever, Sir Peter Alien of ICI, and Sir Denning Pearson and Sir David Huddie of Rolls-Royce amongst many others. As Economics Correspondent of the BBC, Graham Turner is in an ideal position to oversee and to comment on this vast field of activity. He first sets the scene with fascinating chapters on the growth of business during the last century and the decline of British industrial supremacy, through the two world wars to the environment in which business has to operate today, with what Turner calls “an avalanche of advice” from the politicians. The main section of the book deals with the giants of industry; Shell, Unilever and ICI; engineering companies (such as British Leyland and Rolls-Royce) which between them account for 42 per cent of Britain’s export trade; the great shipping companies like P. & O. and Ocean Steam; retail chains such as Marks and Spencer, the Co-ops, Tesco, John Lewis and Debenham. Turner also examines the sometimes disturbing nature of the American presence in Britain, reveals the varied workings of family businesses and describes the struggles of the nationalised industries not only in the market-place but also in Whitehall. He also questions the usefulness of management consultants and the new business schools. In each case, he assesses the personalities of the men involved as well as analysing the problems that they and their businesses have to face. “Success in business is not merely a question of private profit”, he points out, “but of the survival of Britain as a front-rank industrial power”. At the moment, he feels that many parts of British Business are only making a ‘half-hearted effort’, the title of his concluding chapter. Business in Britain is a timely and stimulating book, as richly detailed as it is broad in scope, and a pleasure to read.”
Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 451 pages.