Stagecoach by Philip Fradkin: a review

A celebration of the first 150 years of the Wells Fargo Company. Very readable and obviously well-researched, and just critical enough to avoid being a company hagiography.

The book is anecdotal, not analytical; the emphasis is mostly on stories, most of which directly involve the firm or its leaders.

This is not, properly speaking, a business history, though; while there are excellent clues about the firm’s business style in the 1800s, there’s no overarching effort to explain how it did business or to seriously engage its impact on the American West. The coverage after 1918 is really only cursory.

A good read, and worthwhile. The Sources section is excellent.


This review was originally published on LibraryThing.