"American Inventors, Entrepreneurs, and Business Visionaries offers a look at those men and women who have made history with their innovative ideas, entrepreneurial daring, and abilities to take the seemingly impossible and make it real. While not every person in this book is well known, many are household names. Their successes, the extraordinary diversity of their backgrounds, and the talents that these individuals have honed to get to the apex of American inventive and entrepreneurial society ensure that their stories will inspire future generations of innovators. This book offers a glimpse into the lives and achievements of more than 280 individuals who have played a significant role in making the United States the most prosperous country in the world. This volume explores the lives of such people as Wally Amos, Romana Acosta Banuelos, Gail Borden, Thomas Alva Edison, Walt Disney, Benjamin Franklin, Sybilla Righton Masters and Martha Stewart." Any reader with an interest in American business, U.S. history, or the history of innovation and invention will want this book. It contains a general bibliography; two subject indexes that list entries by invention/business type and year of birth; a comprehensive index; and 50 photographs depicting these remarkable individuals.
Faced with limiting his coverage to less than 300 people, Carey (US history and western civilization, Lynchburg College and Central Virginia Community College) had little trouble including the famous figures that would be expected in such an account. After that, he strove to represent all categories of American life in order to demonstrate that people from all backgrounds have been and therefore can be successful innovators and visionaries in business. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)