This is the first book to look at the history of globalization through the lens of individuals who did something transformative, as opposed to describing globalization through trends, policies, or particular industries. 'From Silk to Silicon' tells the story of who these men and women were, what they did, how they did it and how their achievements continue to shape our world today. It is history designed to provoke thinking about our world today and in the future. Garten illuminates today's headlines with profiles of people who were doers as much as thinkers, and who did things so transformative that echoes of their accomplishments continue to shape our world today - from Genghis Khan to John D. Rockefeller to Margaret Thatcher. Garten describes the roots of their influence, the key historical trends that enveloped them, and their relevance today and for the future.