Columbia Business School WACE Book Lecture + Reception: "History of American Capitalism"


Please join Columbia Business School alumni for a wine and cheese reception, followed by a book reading and signing with Bhu Srinivasan, author of A 400-Year History of American Capitalism.

Hosted by: The Columbia Business School Alumni Club of Northern New Jersey 


About the Author:

Bhu Srinivasan is an accomplished media entrepreneur whose career has spanned digital media, pop culture, technology, publishing, and financial content. Srinivasan arrived in the U.S. with his family at the age of eight, and as a child lived in the South, the Rust Belt, Southern California, and the Pacific Northwest. He lives in New Canaan, CT with his wife and four children.

Book Reviews:

“The historical parallels his work provokes are striking and illustrative, and modern innovators would benefit from looking more closely at how the past may inform their future.”— Quartz

“Bhu Srinivasan is an expert storyteller who deftly navigates the history of American innovation. In a world preoccupied with Zuckerberg and Musk, he tells a series of bite-size narratives that are individually digestible yet comprehensive in their survey of capitalism, from that of ferry-captain Cornelius Vanderbilt to that of Samuel Morse, portrait-painter-turned-telegraph-inventor. Painting the backdrop of four centuries of ingenuity, he reminds us how far America has come. A great book.”—Scott Hartley, venture capitalist and author of The Fuzzy and the Techie

“In Americana, Bhu Srinivasan ranges widely and insightfully through the long, tangled history of capitalism and democracy in America. Provocative and lucid, Americana deserves and rewards attention from citizens, present and future, of our troubled yet alluring nation.”—Alan Taylor, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for The Internal Enemy

“A wonderfully readable and entertaining panorama of the innovators and entrepreneurs who have shaped our history. Lively and original, brimming with surprising details and full of brilliant insights, this is narrative history at its best.”—Liaquat Ahamed, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Lords of Finance

“A colorful, engaging, and incisive account of the evolving varieties of American capitalism told through the new technologies that drove it forward, the ideas that shaped it, the institutions that enabled it, the goods it produced, and the people who made and resisted it. It is a book that is both personal and historically sweeping.”—Richard White, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Railroaded

“[Srinivasan] is particularly insightful on cycles of technological revolution, as with Andrew Carnegie’s innovations as a steel baron and the rise of the automobile industry. . . . Spryly and with just the right amount of circumstantial detail, Srinivasan places all this against the context of his own history in America. . . . A smart, accessible contribution to the nation’s economic history.”—Kirkus

The CBS 2017 Worldwide Alumni Club Event (WACE) is scheduled to take place on or around Wednesday, September 27. The event is a celebration of the diverse and dynamic worldwide Columbia Business School network—alumni clubs from around the world will host events throughout September to celebrate the School’s global community.

In 2016, Columbia Business School alumni gathered in more than 50 regional alumni clubs around the world for this annual celebration, and we look forward to another year of varied and innovative events worldwide.

Expand your network and connect with fellow alumni and friends by attending your local event! You can see what your club is doing, and get involved, by visiting the WACE 2017 website, here.


September 27, 2017 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Words Bookstore

179 Maplewood Ave
Maplewood, NJ 07040
United States

Jonah Zimiles

Will you come?

$20.00 CBS WACE Book Lecture + Reception Ticket Networking, Wine/Cheese, Lecture, Book Signing