William Magnuson: For Profit

Event graphic of William Magnuson next to an image of the cover of For Profit
Sunday, November 13, 2022 - 7:00pm
Free
BookPeople
603 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
For Profit: A History of Corporations By William Magnuson Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9781541601567
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Basic Books - November 8th, 2022

Join us in celebrating William Magnuson’s new book For Profit! The event will include an author discussion, a reading, an audience Q&A, and a signing line. 

EVENT INFO:
  • This event is free and open to the public.
    • Start time: 7 P.M.
    • Run time: 45-60 minutes, followed by a signing line.
    • Location: Second floor of BookPeople.
  • The author will be signing and personalizing copies of their book after the speaking portion of the event
    • To get a book signed, a copy of the event book or an item of equal value must be purchased from BookPeople. 
EVENT GUIDELINES:
  • Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • There will not be a live stream or recording available.
  • BookPeople reserves the right to cancel or postpone this event if necessay.
  • If you have any other questions, please email us at online@bookpeople.com

ABOUT FOR PROFIT

From legacy manufacturers to emerging tech giants, corporations wield enormous power over our lives, our economy, and our politics. Some celebrate them as engines of progress and prosperity. Others argue that they recklessly pursue profit at the expense of us all.

In For Profit, law professor William Magnuson reveals that both visions contain an element of truth. The story of the corporation is a human story, about a diverse group of merchants, bankers, and investors that have over time come to shape the landscape of our modern economy.  Its central characters include both the brave, powerful, and ingenious and the conniving, fraudulent, and vicious. At times, these characters have been one and the same.

Yet while corporations haven’t always behaved admirably, their purpose is a noble one. From their beginnings in the Roman Republic, corporations have been designed to promote the common good. By recapturing this spirit of civic virtue, For Profit argues, corporations can help craft a society in which all of us—not just shareholders—benefit from the profits of enterprise.


ABOUT WILLIAM MAGNUSON

William Magnuson is a professor at Texas A&M Law School, where he teaches and writes about corporations, technology and finance. Prior to joining Texas A&M, he taught law at Harvard, worked as an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell, and served as a journalist in the Rome bureau of the Washington Post.


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