Join CEI for an online book forum about George Washington, Entrepreneur featuring author and CEI Senior Fellow John Berlau and renowned Economics Professor Deirdre McCloskey. They will discuss Washington’s legacy in the private sphere, the hidden influence of British overregulation on the American revolution, and why the rise of the inventor was critical for “The Great Enrichment” and a healthy, prosperous society.

George Washington, Entrepreneur: How Our Founding Father’s Private Business Pursuits Changed America and the World

“This is a story … of an innovative entrepreneur who forged a nation through the leadership and management skills he developed in the burgeoning American business world.”

Tuesday, July 7, 12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT


Deirdre McCloskey, Distinguished Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago

John Berlau, Author and CEI Senior Fellow

Kent Lassman, CEI President



Questions? Email [email protected]

Deirdre McCloskey is Distinguished Professor Emerita of Economics, History, English, and Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Trained at Harvard in the 1960s as an economist, she has written twenty-four books and some four hundred academic and popular articles on economic history, rhetoric, philosophy, statistical theory, economic theory, feminism, queer studies, liberalism, ethics, and law.

John Berlau is the author, most recently, of George Washington, Entrepreneur. A senior fellow at CEI, Berlau’s work focuses on how public policy affects access to capital, entrepreneurship, and investments made by the public and business community alike. He has studied the consequences of financial reform efforts passed by Congress like the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Dodd-Frank Act, and the placement of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into conservatorship. Before joining CEI, Berlau was an award-winning financial and political journalist.

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