America the Ingenious: How a Nation of Dreamers, Immigrants, and Tinkerers Changed the World by Artisan

America the Ingenious: How a Nation of Dreamers, Immigrants, and Tinkerers Changed the World by Artisan
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America the Ingenious: How a Nation of Dreamers, Immigrants, and Tinkerers Changed the World by Artisan

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Truthdig's Allen Barra speaks with Kevin Baker, author of "America the Ingenious: How a Nation of Dreamers, Immigrants, and Tinkerers Changed the World," which explores the incredible diversity of inventions and innovations that arose from our country.

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“Among the many rewards of America the Ingenious, Kevin Baker’s survey of Yankee know-how, is stumbling on its buried nuggets. . . . 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. 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. 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.