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

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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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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.