272 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 15 halftones, notes, index
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-5943-5
Published: October 2020
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-6260-2
Published: October 2020
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-5944-2
Published: September 2020
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In Entertaining Entrepreneurs, Daniel Horowitz shows how Shark Tank’s version of entrepreneurship disguises and distorts the opportunities and traps of capitalism. Digging into today’s cult of the entrepreneur, Horowitz charts its rise from the rubble of economic crisis and its spread as a mainstay of American culture, and he explores its flawed view of what it really takes to succeed in business.
Horowitz offers more than a look at one television phenomenon. He is the perfect guide to the portrayal of entrepreneurship in business school courses, pitch competitions, popular how-to books, and scholarly works, as well as the views of real-world venture capitalists.
About the Author
Daniel Horowitz, Mary Huggins Gamble Professor Emeritus of American Studies and History at Smith College, is a historian and the author of numerous books that analyze American culture, including, most recently, Happier?: The History of a Cultural Movement That Aspired to Transform America.
For more information about Daniel Horowitz, visit the Author Page.
“Entertaining Entrepreneurs offers an original approach to and insightful examination of two hugely important cultural, political, and economic phenomena: the rise of reality television and the emergence of the ‘entrepreneur’ as the engine of American progress. Even if they’ve never watched Shark Tank, readers of this excellent book will learn a lot about how that show offers a window into modern American capitalism and culture.”--Lawrence Glickman, author of Free Enterprise: An American History
"A deep, astute dive into how the American Dream became an entrepreneurial dream in a post-Great Recession world, and how one reality TV hit reveals the hustle, the mythos, and, ultimately, the precarity of the modern entrepreneurial ideal."--Margaret O’Mara, author of The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America
"Daniel Horowitz has given us an engaging and learned look into the culture of entrepreneurship in America. He masterfully uses Shark Tank to weave the fascinating story of how changes in media, business, and education have transformed our ideas of the American Dream. This is a must-read for anyone interested in how entrepreneurship is changing American culture, or in how pop culture is transforming entrepreneurship."--Dan Wadhwani, University of Southern California