The Fire of His Genius: Robert Fulton and the American Dream

The Fire of His Genius: Robert Fulton and the American Dream

by Kirkpatrick Sale

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The Fire of His Genius: Robert Fulton and the American Dream by Kirkpatrick Sale

None of the spectators who gathered on the Hudson River shore on August 17, 1808, could have known the importance of the object they had come to see and, mostly, deride: Robert Fulton's new steamboat. But as Kirkpatrick Sale shows in this remarkable biography, Fulton's "large, noisy, showy, fast, brash, exciting, powerful, and audacious" machine would -- for better or worse -- irrevocably transform nineteenth-century America.

Set against a brilliant portrait of a dynamic period in history, The Fire of His Genius tells the story of the fiercely driven man whose invention opened up America's interior to waves of settlers, created and sustained industrial and plantation economies in the nation's heartland, and facilitated the destruction of the remaining Indian civilizations. Probing Fulton's genius but also laying bare the darker side of the man -- and the darker side of the American dream -- Kirkpatrick Sale tells an extraordinary tale with deftness, zest, and unflagging verve.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780684867151
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 01/01/2001
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.92(w) x 8.84(h) x 0.91(d)

About the Author

Kirkpatrick Sale is the secretary of the E. F. Schumacher Society, a contributing editor of The Nation, and the author of nine previous books, including Conquest of Paradise: Christopher Columbus and the Columbian Conquest and Rebels Against the Future: The Luddites and Their War on the Industrial Revolution.

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