America the Ingenious: How a Nation of Dreamers, Immigrants, and Tinkerers Changed the World
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"Amazing and enthusiastically motivating" according to Kristine Fisher. America the Ingenious: 76 World-Changing Inventions and the Visionaries Who Made Them Happen by Kevin Baker is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late September.Amazing and enthusiastically motivating, this book is laid out like a technical manual (informative insets, pencil-sketch drawings; I half-expect it to be spiral-bound) and looks at each individual invention while also expanding how the field of that invention would advance over time.
Readers will unearth one or two such treasures on nearly every page as Baker examines a wide range of the achievements that have made, and still make, America great again—and again.”—The Wall Street Journal “Kevin Baker has the storytelling ability of a novelist (which he is) and the historical chops of a scholar (which he also is). "Kevin Baker, inspired master of the historical novel, celebrates America’s moxie in this kaleidoscopic canon of invention and innovation. By unpacking the provenance of eclectic novelties, from the safety pin to the supermarket and the subway, Baker identifies the visionaries and values that defined the American dream."—Sam Roberts, The New York Times “Among the many rewards of America the Ingenious, Kevin Baker’s survey of Yankee know-how, is stumbling on its buried nuggets. America the Ingenious is, itself, ingenious—both endlessly ent
Readers will walk away with a new appreciation for these world-changing inventions, as well as a newfound understanding of what makes America the perfect breeding ground for ingenuity.. Who came up with these ideas? How long did they take to realize? What were the complications? How, exactly, do these things work? And how have they affected who we are today? This book will satisfy the curiosity of history and miscellany buffs alike. Baker examines a wide range of the achievements that have made, and still make, America great again—and again.” —The Wall Street Journal What are the origins of the electric guitar? How did the whaling ship work? Why was the invention of the electric motor so crucial for the New York City subway? The incredible stories behind these strokes of genius and more, told by author Kevin Baker, fill the pages of America the Ingenious. Here are 76 of the most intriguing, important, and ingenious inventions realized in America, from the Panama Canal, the Hoover Dam, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater to the oil rig, the electric sewing machine, and the telephone. “Among the many rewards of America the Ingenious, Kevin Baker’s survey of Yankee know-how, is stumbling on its buried nuggets