They Made America: From the Steam Engine to the Seach Engine: Two Centuries of Innovators / Edition 1

They Made America: From the Steam Engine to the Seach Engine: Two Centuries of Innovators / Edition 1

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by Harold Evans, Gail Buckland, David Lefer
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0316277665

ISBN-13: 9780316277662

Pub. Date: 09/28/2004

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

An illustrated history of American innovators—some well known, some unknown, and all fascinating— by the author of the bestselling The American Century.

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An illustrated history of American innovators—some well known, some unknown, and all fascinating— by the author of the bestselling The American Century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316277662
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
09/28/2004
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
9.25(w) x 11.25(h) x 1.62(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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They Made America: From the Steam Engine to the Seach Engine: Two Centuries of Innovators 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book that covers some of the prime examples of innovation in US history and today. It isn't meant to be comprehensive, but to take examples of the best of the best and examine how these innovators accomplished what they did: to bring inventions to the masses. The point is that it is not the original inventor of a machine or concept who is of the greatest social, economic and political importance, 1931 but the person who sees an invention's practical, widespread value to many people. Sometimes this is the same person (Edison) but often not. The last two centuries of innovation have leant us the historically important notion of Progress by introducing inventions of widespread appeal. Some of these pivotal inventions and their innovators are profiled here. Some of the innovators are well known, though many are obscure; they all changed history, and this book tells us why. A common misconception in the past has been that of conflating the importance of the inventor with the innovator. This is a misconception that Harold Evans and David Lefer seek to change with this book. As demonstrated by the reviewer below who took exception to the choice of Fulton over Morey for the steamboat innovation, there is an important distinction to be made: it was Fulton who made the steamboat commercially successful, thus attracting even more capital to expand its use and to help change history (expansion into the West). The same can be said of the many modern innovators they profile, from Russell Simons (who didn't invent hip-hop) to Fred Smith (who didn't invent the postal system to make Fed Ex a success). I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in business, innovation, or American history. Many of the photos are unique and well researched. They Made America is written in a serious yet nontechnical style well suited to the subject. It's been a joy to pick up and read anytime.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr Evans gives credit for the invention of the steamboat to Fitch and Fulton. He forgot the person who operated the 'first' steamboat, Samuel Morey. Fulton 'borrowed' many ideas from Samuel Morey when Samuel would not sell them to Fulton. Evans needs to do more research and get his facts straight. Morey also had a working internal combustion engine way before Ford. Check the Smithsonian Institute for verification. Check the book Fairlee as in Fairlee Vermont where Morey did his work, on Lake Morey.
Guest More than 1 year ago
all about great innovative americans, their positive contributions to the world, and how these people made life better for everyone.