They Made America: From the Steam Engine to the Search Engine: Two Centuries of Innovators

They Made America: From the Steam Engine to the Search Engine: Two Centuries of Innovators

by Harold Evans, Gail Buckland, David Lefer
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0316013854

ISBN-13: 9780316013857

Pub. Date: 05/09/2006

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Now available in a text-only paperback edition, "They Made America" is a stirring and supremely readable work of history—a celebration of the entrepreneurial energy that has fueled this nation since its inception.

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Now available in a text-only paperback edition, "They Made America" is a stirring and supremely readable work of history—a celebration of the entrepreneurial energy that has fueled this nation since its inception.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316013857
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
05/09/2006
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
692
Sales rank:
507,120
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.12(h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Table of Contents

America's Genius for Innovation10
Part IPathfinders to a New Civilization16
The Heroes Who Gotamerica going18
First steamboat20
Successful steamboat services26
High-pressure steam engine36
Freed the waterways42
Liberating business46
The cotton gin to the machine age48
Dressing America56
The Lowell girls57
A mass market58
The telegraph70
American big business78
First successful American multinational84
Vulcanized rubber92
Albert Augustus Pope: Democracy on Wheels
Drilling for oil102
Blue jeans108
The safety elevator114
Credit rating118
Transcontinental railway126
The Big Four: Collis Potter Huntington, Leland Stanford, Charles Crocker, Mark Hopkins
Part IIAmerica Takes Off136
Adventurous Men Unite a Continent138
Section IInventors150
Science of innovation151
Plastic172
Wings180
Gas mask212
Modern radio216
Reginald Aubrey Fessenden, Lee de Forest, Michael Pupin
Section IIDemocratizers234
The people's car235
George Selden's patent248
The Kodak250
Self-made American businesswoman254
The people's banker258
Retail franchise network276
Chance278
Jet age284
Donald Calvin Burr: The People Express Pioneer
Venture capital302
Section IIIEmpire Builders308
Maidenform Bra tycoon309
The Blow Against the Corset: Caresse Crosby
Cheap electricity for all318
Television334
Entertainment empire342
Weight Watchers clubs354
IBM356
Herman Hollerith, John Patterson
Mainframe computers366
Ken Olsen: Minicomputers
Cosmetics company378
Containers, luxury travel380
Jim Sherwood
Polaroid384
Barbie388
Part IIIThe Digital Age394
The Electronic Elves of Silicon Valley396
PC software402
Bill Gates, Steve Jobs
Biotech industry420
CNN, 24-hour electronic news432
Sesame Street440
MRI scanner442
Marketing maestro of hip-hop452
eBay456
Google458
Ten Lessons465
Innovators Gallery467
Selected Bibliography473
Index482
Illustration Credits494
Biographies496

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