They Made America

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2004-10-12
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

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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.

Author Biography

Gail Buckland is a historian of photography and the author of numerous books. She is currently a Professor of the History of Photography at the Cooper Union in New York City. David Lefer has worked as an investigative reporter at numerous newspapers, including the New York Daily News and Newsday. Harold Evans is the author of the New York Times bestseller The American Century. He was the founding editor of Cond Nast Traveler, editorial director of U.S. News & World Report, and president and publisher of Random House, where he published a record number of bestsellers. He was editor of the London Sunday Times and ofThe Times, and his account of those years, Good Times, Bad Times, was a #1 bestseller in Britain. He lives in New York.

Table of Contents

America's Genius for Innovationp. 10
Pathfinders to a New Civilizationp. 16
The Heroes Who Gotamerica goingp. 18
First steamboatp. 20
Successful steamboat servicesp. 26
High-pressure steam enginep. 36
Freed the waterwaysp. 42
Liberating businessp. 46
The cotton gin to the machine agep. 48
Dressing Americap. 56
The Lowell girlsp. 57
A mass marketp. 58
The telegraphp. 70
American big businessp. 78
First successful American multinationalp. 84
Vulcanized rubberp. 92
Albert Augustus Pope: Democracy on Wheels
Drilling for oilp. 102
Blue jeansp. 108
The safety elevatorp. 114
Credit ratingp. 118
Transcontinental railwayp. 126
The Big Four: Collis Potter Huntington, Leland Stanford, Charles Crocker, Mark Hopkins
America Takes Offp. 136
Adventurous Men Unite a Continentp. 138
Inventorsp. 150
Science of innovationp. 151
Plasticp. 172
Wingsp. 180
Gas maskp. 212
Modern radiop. 216
Reginald Aubrey Fessenden, Lee de Forest, Michael Pupin
Democratizersp. 234
The people's carp. 235
George Selden's patentp. 248
The Kodakp. 250
Self-made American businesswomanp. 254
The people's bankerp. 258
Retail franchise networkp. 276
Chancep. 278
Jet agep. 284
Donald Calvin Burr: The People Express Pioneer
Venture capitalp. 302
Empire Buildersp. 308
Maidenform Bra tycoonp. 309
The Blow Against the Corset: Caresse Crosby
Cheap electricity for allp. 318
Televisionp. 334
Entertainment empirep. 342
Weight Watchers clubsp. 354
IBMp. 356
Herman Hollerith, John Patterson
Mainframe computersp. 366
Ken Olsen: Minicomputers
Cosmetics companyp. 378
Containers, luxury travelp. 380
Jim Sherwood
Polaroidp. 384
Barbiep. 388
The Digital Agep. 394
The Electronic Elves of Silicon Valleyp. 396
PC softwarep. 402
Bill Gates, Steve Jobs
Biotech industryp. 420
CNN, 24-hour electronic newsp. 432
Sesame Streetp. 440
MRI scannerp. 442
Marketing maestro of hip-hopp. 452
eBayp. 456
Googlep. 458
Ten Lessonsp. 465
Innovators Galleryp. 467
Selected Bibliographyp. 473
Indexp. 482
Illustration Creditsp. 494
Biographiesp. 496
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