Soundview Executive Book Summaries

Paternal Publicity

I’ve always found it interesting when someone is labeled “the father” of something, be it an invention, a movement, a philosophy or an innovation. Adam Smith is considered the father of economics for publishing his book The Wealth of Nations in 1776. Igor Sikorsky is called the father of the helicopter. It’s difficult to pick up a quarter or a one-dollar bill without attributing the phrase “the father of our country” to the man whose image adorns the currency.

Unfortunately, like some trash-filled cable talk show, a paternity dispute often arises. For example, here’s an article that debates whether Steve Jobs should be considered the father of the Macintosh computer. When it comes to the title of father of radio, the list reads like a roll call at the United Nations: Popov, De Forest, Marconi, Bose and Tesla.

Sometimes the person would prefer not to be known as the father of his particular offspring. This is allegedly the case with the late Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb. He was an individual whose greatest achievement was also used to cause incredible destruction and loss of life in an effort to end a war.

The event that triggered this discussion of paternal publicity is our new summary collection: The Peter Drucker Collection. Drucker is commonly considered to be the father of modern management. This collection includes 11 of his most profound titles, along with one bonus title that brings together his final thoughts on modern business, written by Elizabeth Hass Edershiem after 16 months of interviews just prior to Drucker’s death. Order your print Drucker Collection today and begin creating your future.


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