Fundamentals of Prosperity - What They Are and Whence They Come (1920)
I first became aware of Roger W. Babson because he was notably mentioned in The Great Crash, a spectacular book by John Kenneth Galbraith.
This led me directly to the book Fundamentals of Prosperity. Many books are important for their brevity and profundity and this is one such book. If you like, or if you can stomach people like Jim Rohn (or even Anthony Robbins) then you will find them predated for the better part of a century and presaged in this work. Of course you could always go back to Plato or slide sideways over to his more erudite contemporary Will Durant, but this is a very nice primer for the industrial age.
Roger Ward Babson
Roger Ward Babson (July 6, 1875 – March 5, 1967), remembered today largely for founding Babson College in Massachusetts, was an entrepreneur and business theorist in the first half of the 20th century. He was part of the 10th generation of Babsons to live in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Roger attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology and worked for investment firms before founding, in 1904, Babson's Statistical Organization, which analyzed stocks and business reports. It continues today as Babson-United, Inc.
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Note that my other original posts have been concerned with evolutionary biology. You are forewarned that there are Christian overtones to this work, though they do not interfere with or particularly overwhelm his tenants. However I must say that I found the straightforward assessment of the state of the church at the end of the work somewhat open-minded given his orientation.
This posting contains:
1] The unabridged audiobook, read by 'Mike' (details below).
2] The book in various Word configurations.
This item contains the following content:
1] The unabridged audiobook as 5 MP3 files.
2] The single Word file and the book as the 5 individual Microsoft Word files that correspond to the audiobook files.
Note: this book is read by a synthesized voice (AT&T Mike); however, I am a very experienced audiobook listener and I have created the MP3 files as well as all of the Microsoft Word source files. I used textspeaker 2.0, converted the Word files to WAV files and then converted them to MP3. After much testing I have determined that this permits a much better quality than simply allowing textspeaker to convert the files directly to MP3. I have created the Microsoft Word files (and therefore the audio files) with some care by placing periods after all titles and sections for natural pauses, as well as the elimination of the title contents pages and any citations that would not normally be found in an audio book, and I have included footnotes that would generally be included within an audiobook. In case you are interested it took approximately half as long, perhaps more, to create this audiobook as it would have taken to simply read the book, but I was hoping to share my work with a larger community as well as to enable myself to listen to the book again at a later date. Often there are many times I listen to audio books and then wish to search for or relisten to a particular item and the inclusion of the PDF as well as the Word file should enable you to search for content electronically which then makes searching for that portion of the audio book considerably more easy.
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1] Releases will generally be totally unavailable commercially (such as Recorded Books limited editions for libraries rental customers) They may also be books on cassette which are now not on CD or not on Audible. Phenomenal releases that are out of print on CD, or are more than 5-7 years old may also be posted.
2] I am a very experienced audio book listener and I sometimes create the MP3 files from electronic text via TextSpeaker 2.0, and details follow:
I currently use TextSpeaker 2.0, which converts Word files to WAV files, and then they are converted to MP3 format. After much testing I have determined that this permits a much better quality than simply allowing TextSpeaker to convert the files directly to MP3. I create the Microsoft Word files (and therefore the audio files) with some care by placing periods after all titles and sections for natural pauses, as well as the elimination of the title contents pages and any citations that would not normally be found in an audio book, and I have included footnotes that would generally be included within an audiobook.
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