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They made America : from the steam engine to the search engine : two centuries of innovators

Author: Harold Evans; Gail Buckland; David Lefer
Publisher: New York : Back Bay Books/Little, Brown, 2006. ©2004
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Back Bay paperback editionView all editions and formats
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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.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Harold Evans; Gail Buckland; David Lefer
ISBN: 0316013854 9780316013857
OCLC Number: 144497324
Description: ix, 694 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: America's genius for innovation --
pt. I. Pathfinders to a new civilization: The heroes who got America going --
John Fitch : first steamboat --
Robert Fulton : successful steamboat services --
Oliver Evans : high-pressure steam engine --
Henry Miller Shreve : freed the waterways --
The steamboat war : liberating business --
Eli Whitney : the cotton gin to the machine age --
Samuel Slater : dressing America --
Francis Cabot Lowell : the Lowell girls --
Sam Colt : a mass market --
Samuel Finley Breese Morse : the telegraph --
Cyrus McCormick : American big business --
Isaac Merritt Singer : first successful American multinational --
Charles Goodyear : vulcanized rubber --
Albert Augustus Pope : democracy on wheels --
Edwin Drake : drilling for oil --
Levi Strauss : blue jeans --
Elisha Otis : the safety elevator --
Lewis Tappan : credit rating --
Theodore Dehone Judah : transcontinental railway --
The big four : Collis Potter Huntington, Leland Stanford, Charles Crocker, Mark Hopkins. pt. II. America takes off: Adventurous men unite a continent --
Section I. Inventors: Thomas Alva Edison : science of innovation --
Leo Hendrik Baekeland : plastic --
Wilbur and Orville Wright : wings --
Garrett Augustus Morgan : gas mask --
Edwin Howard Armstrong : modern radio --
Reginald Aubrey Fessenden, Lee de Forest, Michael Pupin. Section II. Democratizers: Henry Ford : the people's car --
Ford's loneliest hour : George Selden's patent --
George Eastman : the Kodak --
Sarah Breedlove Walker : self-made American businesswoman --
Amadeo Peter Giannini : the people's banker --
Martha Matilda Harper : retail franchise network --
Raymond "Pappy" Ingram Smith : chance --
Juan Terry Trippe : jet age --
Donald Calvin Burr : the People Express pioneer --
General Georges Doriot : venture capital. Section III. Empire builders: Ida Rosenthal : Maidenform Bra tycoon --
The blow against the corset : Caresse Crosby --
Samuel Insull : cheap electricity for all --
Philo T. Farnsworth : television --
Walt Disney : entertainment empire --
Jean Nidetch : Weight Watchers clubs --
Thomas Watson : IBM --
Herman Hollerith, John Patterson --
Thomas Watson Jr. : mainframe computers --
Ken Olsen : minicomputers --
Estee Lauder : cosmetics company --
Malcom McLean : containers, luxury travel --
Jim Sherwood --
Edwin Land : Polaroid --
Ruth Handler : Barbie. pt. III. The digital age: The electronic elves of Silicon Valley --
Gary Kildall : PC software --
Bill Gates, Steve Jobs --
Herbert Boyer and Robert Swanson : biotech industry --
Ted Turner : CNN, 24-hour electronic news --
Joan Ganz Cooney : Sesame Street --
Raymond Damadian : MRI scanner --
Russell Simmons : marketing maestro of hip-hop --
Pierre Omidyar : eBay --
Larry Page and Sergey Brin : Google --
Ten lessons --
Innovators gallery.
Responsibility: Harold Evans ; with Gail Buckland and David Lefer.

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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  Read more...

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'Evans's book sticks to the facts and presents them with admirable clarity, and largely avoids illusions' - New York Review of Books 'Quirky and satisfying from the first chapter to the last Read more...

 
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