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With its familiar white classical figures against a pale blue background Wedgwood has been one of the most recognizable brand names in the world for than two hundred years the epitome of uality and luxury and the Enlightenment’s most remarkable success story Born into a family of struggling potters Josiah Wedgwood amassed a fortune that at his death in 1795 was valued at the euivalent of 34 billion in today’s dollars and helmed an empi. This book was so hard to readI didn t actually finish it but I did slog my way through 23 of it before I gave upThe subject could have been interesting the rise of a business tycoon from humble circumstance set against the late 18th centuryUnfortunately the author likes to wander through the subject taking side track sometimes in the middle of sentences He switches from overblown language to direct uotes from Wedgewood s writings which reads poorly and includes jargon from the time that isn t always explained for instance the author uotes Wedgewood calling his children bratts with no indication if the term was as pejorative then as it is now

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Wedgwood The First Tycoon

Ing long term contracts that included health insurance and pension plans • Changing the very notion of shopping by utilizing showrooms and traveling salesmen The story of how phenomenal wealth affected the lives of a family and of the turbulent political climate that threatened their very livelihood this vivid and compelling portrait of a pioneer of commercial culture is sure to be a hit with loyal collectors and the business market alik. There is a surprising amount of information that Dolan has gathered about Josiah Wedgwood who is so often given passing mention in history books But his story is so boring I prefer the once over Unless you re obsessed with pottery the story experiment after experiment glaze after glaze won t really compel you to keep readingWeirdly this did start off pretty well presenting Wedgwood and those around him as fully realized characters in an engaging story but once he started working with pottery I lost interest

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Re that stretched from England to Russia to the United States As a member of the famous Lunar Society whose members included James Watt Joseph Priestley and Erasmus Darwin he combined rationality with bold experimentation revolutionizing the business model of his time with a series of innovations that have continued to this day • Organizing skilled labor in one of the world’s earliest factories • Encouraging employee loyalty by offer. There are parallels between Josiah Wedgwood in the 1760s and Steve Jobs in the 1980s Both transformed an existing industry through a combination of artistry technical innovation and marketing prowess I became fascinated with the Wedgwood story after a knowledgeable tour guide s talk at Chicago The Art Institute in 2005 The guide told his story of being the first in England to develop advanced manufacturing processes his ongoing product development research in glazes firing control pyrometer types of clay and working out processes to ensure manufacturing consistency Dolan s Wedgwood biography fleshes that out telling the story of a man rising from relative poverty through training hard work observation research an infusion of capital from his wife s family poor boy proves himself through industry and hard work good friends and connections Wedgewood didn t just industrialize pottery manufacture he was instrumental in improving transport in Staffordshire through his leadership in rai


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  1. says:

    This book was so hard to readI didn't actually finish it but I did slog my way through 23 of it before I gave upThe subject could have been interesting; the rise of a business tycoon from humble circumstance set against the late 18th centuryUnfortunately the author likes to wander through the subject taking side track sometimes in the middle of sentences He switches from overblown language to direct uotes from Wedgewood's writings which

  2. says:

    There are parallels between Josiah Wedgwood in the 1760s and Steve Jobs in the 1980s Both transformed an existing industry through a combination of artistry technical innovation and marketing prowess I became fascinated wit

  3. says:

    There is a surprising amount of information that Dolan has gathered about Josiah Wedgwood who is so often given passing mention in history books But his story is so boring I prefer the once over Unless you're obsessed with pottery the story experiment after experiment glaze after glaze won't really compel you to keep readingWeirdly this did start off pretty well presenting Wedgwood and those around him as fully realized character

  4. says:

    Goodread reviewer Nathan probably best describes Wedgwood boring So proceed with caution if you're contemplating

  5. says:

    I didn't know too much about this man or the fact that he started his factory only about half an hour from where I once lived but when I read th