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The Maverick: Dispatches from an unrepentant capitalist by Luke Johnson

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8. Business and Society

Who Says Tycoons Are Always Wicked?

Most writers have no first-hand experience of business; they often suspect that anyone who is successful in commerce is wicked. So they frequently portray entrepreneurs, tycoons and executives as grasping bullies, with hearts of stone and morals of a devil. Part of the problem is that everyday business can lack melodrama, so even talented authors find limited material to build great stories. The businessman as villain fits a classic stereotype which has been perpetuated in books, plays and films through the ages. This has tended to mean capitalism gets a poor showing in many memorable works of fiction, from Chaucer’s smug merchant in The Canterbury Tales and the grasping Shylock ...

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