By Kevin Baker

“Among the various rewards of America the Ingenious, Kevin Baker’s survey of yank information, is stumbling on its buried nuggets. . . . Baker examines quite a lot of the achievements that experience made, and nonetheless make, the US nice again—and again.”
The Wall road Journal

All made in the USA: The skyscraper and subway motor vehicle. the phone and telegraph. the protection elevator and safeguard pin. Plus the microprocessor, enjoyment park, MRI, grocery store, Pennsylvania rifle, and Tennessee Valley Authority. let alone the town of Chicago or jazz or that great Golden Gate Bridge.
what's it approximately the USA that makes it a state of inventors, tinkerers, researchers, and adventurers—obsessive pursuers of the never-before-created? And, both, what's it that makes the USA this kind of fertile position to discover, observe, and release the subsequent titanic thing?
In America the Ingenious, bestselling writer Kevin Baker brings his present of storytelling and eye for historic aspect to the grand, and grandly interesting, story of yankee innovation. listed below are the Edisons and Bells and Carnegies, and the tales of ways they their passions and adjusted our global. and likewise the fewer celebrated, like Jacob Youphes and Loeb Strauss, Jewish immigrants from Germany who reworked the way in which not less than part the realm now clothes (hint: Levi Strauss). And Leo Fender, who couldn’t play a word of tune, midwifing rock ’n’ roll via his solid-body electrical guitar and amplifier. And the numerous ladies who weren’t legally well-known as inventors, yet who created issues to make their lives more straightforward that we use each day—like Josephine Cochran, inventor of the dishwasher, or Marion O’Brien Donovan, who invented a water-resistant diaper conceal. Or a man with the unbelievable identify of Philo Farnsworth, who, together with his invention of tv, upended verbal exchange as considerably as Gutenberg did.
At a time while the USA struggles with various visions of what it desires to be, America the Ingenious exhibits the intense strength of what works: how immigration ends up in innovation, what a robust govt and robust public schooling suggest to a weather of optimistic functional switch, and why taking the lengthy view rather than trying to find temporary achieve will pay off time and again over, not just for traders and inventors, yet for the remainder of us whose lives are made larger by means of the new.
the United States and its country of immigrants have excelled at taking principles from anyplace and remodeling them into the startling, usually all of sudden attractive creations that experience formed our global. this is often that story.

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Worldwide, container ships cut the cost of shipping an object from 50 percent to just 10 percent of its price. Great Depression, hauling dirt and tobacco around his hometown of Maxton, North Carolina, with a $120 used pickup. He soon became a long-haul trucker of cotton up to the New York docks. By 1953, when he was still just forty, McLean had—with his sister Clara and his brother Jim—built his trucking business into a $12-million concern, operating 1,700 trucks, but he threw it all over, convincing National City Bank (later Citibank) to help him buy a small shipbuilding company and a couple of used, oceangoing oil tankers.

This may be changing. Taking advantage of technological advances in fuels, engines, and materials, companies in the United States and Europe are trying to develop a new generation of flying cars—or “roadable aircraft”—that look as enticingly cool as anything out of Back to the Future, with dual hulls or even flying saucer shapes. Some, such as American Paul Moller’s Skycar 200/400, can operate on electricity plus pretty much any other fuel and use only three wheels, making them officially more flying motorcycles than cars.

There was little chance for thieves to break in or even know what was inside. At the end of the voyage, each container could again be lifted and lowered directly onto a freight train or a truck chassis. A high-speed crane would soon be able to load a twenty-ton container every three minutes, making it over forty times more productive than a longshoremen’s crew with their winches, pallets, and hooks. containers and its regular load of liquid tank cargo on April 26, 1956. “Containerization” would fundamentally alter both the way world trade was conducted and what American cities would be, for better and for worse.

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