Stories of people are key to understanding business and the American experience. They provide insight into the opportunities and challenges faced by individuals in all eras, economic sectors, and ways of life. The experiences of farmers, inventors, entrepreneurs, laborers, middle managers, manufacturers, and corporate titans give breadth and vitality to American economic life.  Surprising, uplifting, devastating, humorous, and remarkable biographies tell a history of opportunity, innovation, competition and the pursuit of common good.