A Nation Transformed by Information: How Information Has Shaped the United States from Colonial Times to the Present / Edition 1

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The editors assembled a group of contributors are experts in their particular fields, from management consulting to history to sociology, and worked with them to create a book that is fully integrated and cross referenced. An important new look at American history, A Nation Transformed by Information will interest anyone who wants to understand how the United States has stepped so confidently into the latest Information Age.
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Editorial Reviews

Where the essays link innovations in communication with social and economic trends, the book is at its best. A fascinating essay by JoAnne Yates describes the interplay between the development of corporate-management techniques and the evolution of devices to record, store and analyse information.
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"A grand story, stretching from colonial newspapers to the Internet. Information has been a driving force in American for 300 years, and anyone who wants to understand its role today would be well advised to read this book."--Hal Varian, University of California at Berkeley

"The chapters of this wonderful book take us through two centuries of technological, economic, and business history. The description and analysis of the present context and how it is likely to evolve is as rich as the historical analysis of the factors molding the use of information in the American economy in earlier years. What a treat!"--Richard R. Nelson, Columbia University

"This book provides a marvelous demonstration that the information didn't spring full blown from the creators of the world wide web, but has roots that reach back over three hundred years. The creation, propagation, and dissemenation of information has been a central characteristic of American life since the establishment of printing presses in multiple centers of the colonial economy. Through a well linked set of essays going forward through technological systems including the post office, the telegraph, the telephone, accounting and filing, radio, motion pictures, to computers and the internet, both the continuities and the discontinuities are made apparent. The several authors engage not only their readers, but each other as well. A Nation Transformed by Information is important reading not only for historians, but for anyone who wants to understand the age of dot.com."--Sheldon Hochheiser, Corporate Historian, AT&T

"This collection represents a timely and accomplished effort to provide invaluable historical perspectives on the long road to America's contemporary, information-rich society. Readers will rapidly appreciate that the Information Age, for all its novelty, has emerged from durable private- and public-sector commitments to broadening and speeding this nation's information flows."--Philip Scranton, Rutgers University and Hagley Museum and Library

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195128147
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 404
  • Sales rank: 1,232,556
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Alfred D. Chandler, Jr. is Isidor Straus Professor of Business History, Emeritus, at Harvard Business School.
James W. Cortada is an Executive at IBM Global Services.

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Table of Contents

1 The Information Age in Historical Perspective: Introduction 3
2 Early American Origins of the Information Age 39
3 Recasting the Information Infrastructure for the Industrial Age 55
4 Business Use of Information and Technology during the Industrial Age 107
5 The Threshold of the Information Age: Radio, Television, and Motion Pictures Mobilize the Nation 137
6 Progenitors of the Information Age: The Development of Chips and Computers 177
7 Information Technology Management Since 1960 217
8 Computers in U.S. Households Since 1977 257
9 The Information Age: Continuities and Differences 281
Notes 301
Bibliographic Essay on the Role of Information in the Transformation of the United States 345
Index 363
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