Greed, Inc.: Why Corporations Rule Our World and How We Let It Happen by author Wade Rowland by Wade Rowland

Praise for Greed, Inc.:

"...insightful and helpful"
Globe and Mail

"...intriguing"
Maclean's

"Rowland sheds light on the growth -- and the menace -- of the profit-driven modern large corporation"
Winnipeg Free Press

"freshness of quality journalism and the confidence of careful reflection... Rowland here combines broad research, impressive intellectuality and... enviable clarity"
National Post

"...intruiging... Rowland has an interesting perspective, a smooth, thoughtful writing style and smarts"
Chris DeVito, CD Syndicated (radio stations: CJSF, CiTR, CO-OP, CJAM)

"a wise book by a thinker and writer of great good sense and clarity"
Ronald Wright, author of A Short History of Progress

"a thoroughly readable historical look at the roots of the modern corporation"
Quill and Quire

Praise for Galileo's Mistake:

"...fresh and compelling."
Vancouver Sun

"Well-presented scientific history with an interesting philosophical twist"
Kirkus Reviews

"Rowland's is an audacious position"
The New York Times

"Rowland's triumph is in examining Galileo's method over his facts and winning an argument that was lost more than 350 years ago. His book provides a fascinating contribution to a debate that is particularly germane today and is likely to be equally important 300 years from now."
Montreal Gazette

"I recommend it strongly. Rowland tells the story well and with style and...backed by serious research and sensitivity to the issues. The history is embedded in a modern-day travelogue, interspersed with musings about the meaning of life."
The Globe and Mail

"Rowland does an impressive job of bringing the 17th century to life...he builds a compelling case that Galileo and the Church differed over something far more important than whether the earth revolved around the sun-they differed on the very nature of truth and how mortals can come to know it."
Publishers Weekly

"An excellent mixture of science and philosophy."
David Pitt, Bookloons

"Galileo's Mistake is a lofty and ambitious philosophical exploration, and Rowland's considerable gifts as a writer make the book pleasurable and captivating. Rowland skilfully weaves history, biography, science writing, and philosophical overviews into the comfortable familiarity of a travel narrative."

"Galileo's Mistake has the lazy ease of a multi-course Italian dinner, at once relaxing and enriching".
Robert Wiersema, Quill & Quire

"...a superb work...an ambitious, even heroic, interpretation of the Galileo-Church controversy. Rowland has included a wonderfully accurate, exquisitely painted presentation of the political, cultural, and historical setting in which the Galileo-Church debate finds a clearly natural location."
B. J. Hodgson, PhD, Trent University Faculty of Philosophy



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Greed, Inc.: Why Corporations Rule Our World and How We Let It Happen

by Wade Rowland

Title: Greed Inc.
Subtitle: Why Corporations Rule Our World and How We Let It Happen
Author: Wade Rowland
Category: Business/Current Affairs/Philosophy
Publication Date:April 2005
ISBN: 0887621767
Hardcover: 240 pages
Dimensions:240 Pages, 6.38 x 9.38 x 0.88 in
Publisher: Thomas Allen Publishers
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"freshness of quality journalism and the confidence of careful reflection...Rowland here combines broad research, impressive intellectuality and...enviable clarity"
National Post
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"That's one of the intriguing angles from which Rowland looks at them. More disturbingly, he also concludes that corporate employees who perform unethical acts for business reasons cannot, in the end, hold to their own ethical cores."
- Maclean's
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"Timely and important. No anti-capitalistic rant, Greed, Inc. is a wise book by a thinker and writer of great good sense and clarity. Wade Rowland shows how we have allowed the giant corporation to run amok amongst us, and offers ways to tame the beat and re-hitch it to the public good. All who are worried about the mounting damage done to society and nature in the name of profit should read Greed, Inc. without delay."
- Ronald Wright, author of A Short History of Progress


"Rowland offers an excursus on the moral failings of the modern business corporation. He is insightful and helpful in unpacking the problem of why good (or at least ordinary) people do bad things in their corporate lives."
- Globe and Mail newspaper



"As a former editor at Adbusters Magazine, an employee at a large corporation and a missionary at this fine "alternative" radio station I believe I'm perfectly suited to stand on my soapbox on the street corner thumping my copy of this book and yelling that I have seen the light.

Naiomi Klein's "No Logo" was the faux hip view of corporate seduction, Noam Chomsky's "Manufacturing Consent" as arid and fanatical as Bin Laden broadcasting from his cave. Where Rowland comes in is with an intriguing "moral philosophy" of sorts which ultimately reads like the corporation is your pathologically lying, cheating, and stealing friend.

Yes, elements of the book do sound familiar (especially after the movie "The Corporation") and some do not (the book's final chapter is especially evocative) and, no, the irony of a book about corporations published through a corporation isn't lost on me. But Rowland has an interesting perspective, a smooth, thoughtful writing style and smarts. This is the book--entertaining and academic--that you'll quote in your midterm papers."

- Chris DeVito, CD Syndicated (radio stations: CJSF, CiTR, CO-OP, CJAM)



"a thoroughly readable historical look at the roots of the modern corporation"
- Mathew Beherens, Quill and Quire
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"Rowland makes an interesting case, as he probes both history and the recent behaviour of well-known companies to try explaining the triumph of greed in our world.

Claiming the modern business corporation is "an alien life form" may seem like a bit of a stretch. Yet Ontario writer and professor Wade Rowland makes an interesting case, as he probes both history and the recent behaviour of well-known companies to try explaining the triumph of greed in our world.

His thesis is that the modern corporation is a kind of pathological creature that overtakes the behaviour of its employees, even the CEO. Otherwise, how could people behave so decently as private citizens and so ruthlessly as business managers?

Rowland has respectable credentials for exposing corporate behaviour. He is a longtime student of, and lecturer on, ethics. He has written about environmental issues. As a journalist he once worked for the Winnipeg Free Press. For a time he served, with a television network, as a corporate executive."

- Ron Kirbyson, Winnipeg Free Press
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from Thomas Allen Publishers Spring 2005 catalog:

Why is television so awful? Why do drug companies hide unfavourable test results? Why do automakers market unsafe cars? Why is our environment poisoning us? Why do we brutalize farm animals? Why is our food so unhealthy? Why is political discourse so debased? Why are we working sixty-hour weeks?

Wade Rowland's new book Greed, Inc.: Why Corporations Rule Our World and How We Let it Happen places the blame for much of what ails contemporary society at the doorstep of a single institution - the modern publicly-traded business corporation.

In this landmark book, Rowland - one of Canada's leading literary non-fiction writers - shows how we have become an uncaring society because the corporate ethos that informs virtually everything in our culture is uniquely and implacably selfish. The corporation exists for one purpose only: to make a profit. And such an objective trumps all others. Nothing else matters.

Greed, Inc. traces the rise of the corporation from the Rationalist social engineering of the 18th century - as well as the parallel triumph of moral relativism, consumerism, enterprise culture and other dominant value systems of our time. It shows how a series of psychological and philosophical misconceptions institutionalized greed and self-serving behaviour as a good thing for society. Indeed the origins of corporate culture seem in retrospect so preposterous as to defy belief - and yet these misconceived values now dominate our lives. Because of these notions of selfishness, we have arrived at a time when we seem at odds with almost everything around us.

Greed, Inc. is a groundbreaking book in that it reveals the roots of this social discontent for the first time through the lens of moral philosophy. It provides a highly original analysis with which we can begin to truly understand the cultural and moral dilemma in which we find ourselves mired at the beginning of the 21st century.

Anybody who cares about our quality of life and the very survival of humanity will need to read this book.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Wade Rowland

WADE ROWLAND is the author of more than a dozen books including Galileo's Mistake, Spirit of the Web and Ockham's Razor. He is a former Maclean Hunter Chair of Ethics in Communications at Ryerson University in Toronto and currently lectures in the social history of communications technologies at Trent University in Peterborough. He holds a doctorate from the faculty of Communication and Culture at York University (Toronto). He is currently working on a fully revised and updated edition of Spirit of the Web, which will be published in spring 2006 by Thomas Allen Publishers.

Wade Rowland is a long-time journalist who has worked for the Winnipeg Free Press, the Toronto Telegram and both national Canadian television networks: CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) and the CTV Television Network. He writes and lectures extensively on ethics, and science and technology.

He is the author of a dozen other books including Ockham's Razor, a philosophical travel narrative set in France, and Spirit of the Web, a popular history of communications technologies that was selected as Required Reading for 1997 by The Globe and Mail. He lives with his wife Christine and an assortment of cats near Port Hope, Ontario.



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