A new book called The Company Store is reviewed in the Wall Street Journal, presumably given space (something that’s now in very short supply because of the demise of so many review sections) because it is a history of American business. But the book sounds like more than that, relevant to today’s debates about corporate social responsibility and to proposals for reduced commuting times.  I would love to know how these companies and their visions for social integration compare to some contemporary companies. And how intriguing to read this description: “communities enlivened by quirks and passions and idiosyncratic visions.”

via Book review: The Company Town – WSJ.com.