Made in America: From Levi's to Barbie to Google (Barnes & Noble Edition)

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The journey from Levi’s to Barbie to Google takes us right through the heart of the American landscape. It is the essence of what makes this country great. America’s free enterprise culture has spawned both the liberty to develop new ideas as well as the consumer market to buy the finished products. The sheer wackiness of some of the most successful products is as astonishing as it is reassuring. Make a great product and America will line up to buy it. As Anne Jewell of the Louisville Slugger Museum said (the ...

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Overview

The journey from Levi’s to Barbie to Google takes us right through the heart of the American landscape. It is the essence of what makes this country great. America’s free enterprise culture has spawned both the liberty to develop new ideas as well as the consumer market to buy the finished products. The sheer wackiness of some of the most successful products is as astonishing as it is reassuring. Make a great product and America will line up to buy it. As Anne Jewell of the Louisville Slugger Museum said (the “Slugger” is one of the icons covered) “the delightful juxtaposition of Wonderbra and Wonderbread is just one more reason to love America!”

Made in America is peppered with such switches in focus, with a host of amazing pairings: barbed wire and Barbie, the Cadillac Eldorado and Campbell’s Soup, Duncan Hines Cakes and ebay, the Las Vegas Strip and Lawnboy Yard Tractors, Mickey Mouse and Microsoft—including 350 photos, 300 in full color. They all belong here in equal measure. These icons are woven into the very fabric of American life, defining our vibrant, inventive, often irreverent culture.

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Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
Twentieth century America designed, created, and manufactured original goods that are immediately recognized throughout the world as American. Think of the Coke bottle or the Frisbee. Freeth has combined history, culture, trivia, and "Yankee Ingenuity" into a fascinating book that has universal appeal. Over two hundred uniquely American products from A1 Steak Sauce to Zippo Lighters are described, illustrated, and discussed. All are covered in one- or two-page spreads containing bright, attractive illustrations and easily understood text. Covered are the basic facts of each product's invention, marketing, and current status. The "Did you know?" section that accompanies each item adds depth by contributing little known details. Adults and children will find this a book to examine and enjoy whether it be for locating information or just browsing to discover new data.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435118850
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 8/25/2009
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Nick Freeth is a longstanding enthusiast and observer of American life. His books include Route 66, a celebration of one of America’s classic highways, and Pacific Coast Highway. In both cases, Nick followed the route, recording images of America along the way. In Made in America, Nick travels the cultural freeway from Levi’s to Barbie to Google, offering fresh and inspirational views.

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  • Posted January 18, 2010

    Great trivial information.

    As a traveler and general interest reader in all things American, I found this book very interesting.

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