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They Made America

They Made America

From the Steam Engine to the Search Engine: Two Centuries of Innovators

  • Author: Harold Evans,Gail Buckland,David Lefer
  • Publisher: Back Bay Books
  • ISBN: 9780316070348
  • Category: Technology & Engineering
  • Page: 496
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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.

They Made America

They Made America

From the Steam Engine to the Search Engine: Two Centuries of Innovators

  • Author: Harold Evans,Gail Buckland,David Lefer
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 0316070343
  • Category: Technology & Engineering
  • Page: 496
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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.

The Most Powerful Idea in the World

The Most Powerful Idea in the World

A Story of Steam, Industry, and Invention

  • Author: William Rosen
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN: 0226726347
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 370
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"The Most Powerful Idea in the World argues that the very notion of intellectual property drove not only the invention of the steam engine but also the entire Industrial Revolution." -- Back cover.

The American Century

The American Century

  • Author: Harold Evans,Gail Buckland,Kevin Baker
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN: 9780224052177
  • Category: United States
  • Page: 710
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Transformative Entrepreneurs

Transformative Entrepreneurs

How Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, Muhammad Yunus, and Other Innovators Succeeded

  • Author: Jeffrey A. Harris
  • Publisher: Macmillan
  • ISBN: 1137000260
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 224
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Entrepreneurs are the key to any successful new business. But having a good idea is not enough . . . too many good ideas fail at the execution level. Meticulously researched with fresh insights into the entrepreneurial process, Transformative Entrepreneurs provides a fascinating perspective on those enterprises and entrepreneurs that have changed the landscape of society, and highlights the challenges and excitement of launching new innovative businesses. Jeff Harris brings in-depth perceptions from his nearly thirty years of venture capital experience to provide a thorough understanding of the transformative ideas and leadership abilities that separate the winners and losers. From Fred Smith's Federal Express to Hugh Hefner's Playboy, and Ted Turner's CNN to Herb Kelleher's Southwest Airlines, the pioneering business models and execution skills of the founders come to life providing an inspirational lens for those chasing the dream.

My Steam Engine is Broken

My Steam Engine is Broken

  • Author: Dr Mark Powell,Jonathan Gifford
  • Publisher: LID Editorial
  • ISBN: 1910649104
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 224
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The typical structure of today s corporate organization was essentially invented in the nineteenth century and based deliberately on the military s command and control model and on the hierarchical pyramid of the Catholic Church. As such, it is outmoded and not equipped to deliver corporate success in the 21st century. My Steam Engine is Broken calls on a new generation of organizational leaders to stop trying to fix a broken and outmoded structure, and to create new, successful working structures that work with, not against, people s natural modes of behavior. The authors explore the way in which the Steam Engine organizational model is no longer offering job satisfaction to its managers precisely (and paradoxically) because managers are not being enabled, and are often being prevented, from delivering what the organization most needs from them: self-direction, innovation, leadership and heartfelt com

Watt's Perfect Engine

Watt's Perfect Engine

Steam and the Age of Invention

  • Author: Ben Marsden
  • Publisher: Icon Books
  • ISBN: 9781840465464
  • Category: Engineers
  • Page: 214
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This book reveals how James Watt -- inventor of the separate-condenser steam engine -- became an icon fit for an age of industry and invention. Watt has become synonymous with the spirit of invention, while his last name has long been immortalized as the very measurement of power. But contrary to popular belief, Watt did not single-handedly bring about the steam revolution. His "perfect engine" was as much a product of late-nineteenth-century Britain as it was of the inventor's imagination.

From Steam to Diesel

From Steam to Diesel

Managerial Customs and Organizational Capabilities in the Twentieth-Century American Locomotive Industry

  • Author: Albert Churella
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • ISBN: 9781400822683
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 224
  • View: 1924
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This overview of the leading locomotive producers in the United States during the twentieth century shows how they responded to a radical technological change: the replacement of steam locomotives by diesels. The locomotive industry provides a valuable case study of business practices and dramatic shifts in innovation patterns, since two companies--General Motors and General Electric--that had no traditional ties to locomotive production demolished established steam locomotive manufacturers. Albert Churella uses many previously untapped sources to illustrate how producers responded to technological change, particularly between the 1920s and the 1960s. Companies discussed include the American Locomotive Company (ALCo), the Baldwin Locomotive Works, the Lima Locomotive Works, Fairbanks-Morse, the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors, and General Electric. A comparative work of business history and the history of technology, the book is not a complete history of any locomotive builder, nor does it explore the origins of the diesel engine in great detail. What it does, and does superbly, is to demonstrate how managers addressed radical shifts in technology and production methods. Churella reveals that managerial culture and corporate organizational routines, more than technological competency per se, allowed some companies to succeed, yet constrained the actions of others. He details the shift from small-batch custom manufacturing techniques in the steam locomotive industry to mass-production methods in the diesel locomotive industry. He also explains that chance events and fortuitous technological linkages helped to shape competitive patterns in the locomotive industry.

The Dawn of Innovation

The Dawn of Innovation

The First American Industrial Revolution

  • Author: Charles R. Morris
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs
  • ISBN: 1586488287
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 368
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Describes industry in America between the War of 1812 and the Civil War and how this period of growth in the first half of the century built the platform for Carnegie, Rockefeller and Morgan in the second half. 35,000 first printing.

A Brief History of the Age of Steam

A Brief History of the Age of Steam

The Power that Drove the Industrial Revolution

  • Author: Thomas Crump
  • Publisher: Running PressBook Pub
  • ISBN: 9780786720477
  • Category: History
  • Page: 370
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In 1710 an obscure Devon ironmonger Thomas Newcomen invented a machine with a pump driven by coal, used to extract water from mines. Over the next two hundred years the steam engine would be at the heart of the industrial revolution that changed the fortunes of nations. Passionately written and insightful, A Brief History of the Age of Steam reveals not just the lives of the great inventors such as Watts, Stephenson and Brunel but also tells a narrative that reaches from the US to the expansion of China, India, and South America and shows how the steam engine changed the world.

French Inventions of the Eighteenth Century

French Inventions of the Eighteenth Century

  • Author: Shelby T. McCloy
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • ISBN: 0813163978
  • Category: History
  • Page: 254
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The eighteenth century, age of France's leadership in Western civilization, was also the most flourishing period of French inventive genius. Generally obscured by England's great industrial development are the contributions France made in the invention of the balloon, paper-making machines, the steamboat, the semaphore telegraph, gas illumination, the silk loom, the threshing machine, the fountain pen, and even the common graphite pencil. Shelby T. McCloy believes that these and many other inventions which have greatly influenced technological progress made prerevolutionary France the rival, if not the leader, of England. In his book McCloy analyzes the factors that led to France's inventive activity in the eighteenth century. He also advances reasons for France's failure to profit from her inventive prowess at a time when England's inventions were being put to immediate and practical use.

The Innovator's Cookbook

The Innovator's Cookbook

Essentials for Inventing What Is Next

  • Author: Steven Johnson
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 1101550384
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 272
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Look out for Johnson’s new book, Wonderland, now on sale. Steven Johnson, author of Where Good Ideas Come From, Emergence, Everything Bad is Good for You, Mind Wide Open and Ghost Map, and an acknowledged bestselling leader on the subject of innovation, gathers - for a foundational text on the subject of innovation - essays, interviews, and cutting-edge insights by such exciting field leaders as Peter Drucker, Richard Florida, Eric Von Hippel, Dean Keith Simonton, Arthur Koestler, John Seely Brown, and Marshall Berman. Johnson also provides new material from Marisa Mayer of Google, Twitter's Biz Stone and Jack Dorsey, and Ray Ozzie, Microsoft's former Chief Software Architect. With additional commentary by Johnson himself, this book reveals the innovation found in a wide range of fields, including science, technology, energy, transportation, education, art, and sociology, making it vital, fresh, and fascinating reading for our time, and for the future.

James Watt and the Steam Engine

James Watt and the Steam Engine

  • Author: Jim Whiting
  • Publisher: Mitchell Lane Pub Incorporated
  • ISBN: 9781584153719
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Page: 48
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Profiles the Scottish inventor and engineer whose improved steam engine designs played an important role in England's eighteenth-century Industrial Revolution.

Who Shot Rock & Roll

Who Shot Rock & Roll

A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present

  • Author: Gail Buckland
  • Publisher: Knopf
  • ISBN: 0307270165
  • Category: Music
  • Page: 319
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A former curator of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain presents a chronicle of rare and previously unseen images marking more than half a century of rock-and-roll history, in a tribute to star performers and leading photographers that also includes album covers and live concert shots.

James Watt

James Watt

Making the World Anew

  • Author: Ben Russell
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books
  • ISBN: 1780234023
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 256
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Scottish inventor and mechanical engineer James Watt (1736–1819) is best known for his pioneering work on the steam engine that became fundamental to the incredible changes and developments wrought by the Industrial Revolution. But in this new biography, Ben Russell tells a much bigger, richer story, peering over Watt’s shoulder to more fully explore the processes he used and how his ephemeral ideas were transformed into tangible artifacts. Over the course of the book, Russell reveals as much about the life of James Watt as he does a history of Britain’s early industrial transformation and the birth of professional engineering. To record this fascinating narrative, Russell draws on a wide range of resources—from archival material to three-dimensional objects to scholarship in a diversity of fields from ceramics to antique machine-making. He explores Watt’s early years and interest in chemistry and examines Watt’s partnership with Matthew Boulton, with whom he would become a successful and wealthy man. In addition to discussing Watt’s work and incredible contributions that changed societies around the world, Russell looks at Britain’s early industrial transformation. Published in association with the Science Museum London, and with seventy illustrations, James Watt is not only an intriguing exploration of the engineer’s life, but also an illuminating journey into the broader practices of invention in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Published in association with the Science Museum, London

Great Inventors and Their Inventions

Great Inventors and Their Inventions

  • Author: Frank Puterbaugh Bachman
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Inventions
  • Page: 272
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Learn from the Past, Create the Future

Learn from the Past, Create the Future

Inventions and Patents

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: WIPO
  • ISBN: 9280514318
  • Category: Law
  • Page: 70
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"Inventions and Patents" is the first of WIPO's Learn from the past, create the future series of publications aimed at young students. This series was launched in recognition of the importance of children and young adults as the creators of our future.

My Paper Chase

My Paper Chase

True Stories of Vanished Times

  • Author: Harold Evans
  • Publisher: Little, Brown
  • ISBN: 9780316092074
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 608
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In My Paper Chase, Harold Evans recounts the wild and wonderful tale of newspapering life. His story stretches from the 1930s to his service in WWII, through towns big and off the map. He discusses his passion for the crusading style of reportage he championed, his clashes with Rupert Murdoch, and his struggle to use journalism to better the lives of those less fortunate. There's a star-studded cast and a tremendously vivid sense of what once was: the lead type, the smell of the presses, eccentrics throughout, and angry editors screaming over the intercoms. My Paper Chase tells the story of Evans's great loves: newspapers and Tina Brown, the bright, young journalist who became his wife. In an age when newspapers everywhere are under threat, My Paper Chase is not just a glorious recounting of an amazing life, but a nostalgic journey in black and white.

The Great Railroad Revolution

The Great Railroad Revolution

The History of Trains in America

  • Author: Christian Wolmar
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs
  • ISBN: 1610391802
  • Category: Transportation
  • Page: 448
  • View: 5661
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America was made by the railroads. The opening of the Baltimore & Ohio line––the first American railroad––in the 1830s sparked a national revolution in the way that people lived thanks to the speed and convenience of train travel. Promoted by visionaries and built through heroic effort, the American railroad network was bigger in every sense than Europe’s, and facilitated everything from long-distance travel to commuting and transporting goods to waging war. It united far-flung parts of the country, boosted economic development, and was the catalyst for America’s rise to world-power status. Every American town, great or small, aspired to be connected to a railroad and by the turn of the century, almost every American lived within easy access of a station. By the early 1900s, the United States was covered in a latticework of more than 200,000 miles of railroad track and a series of magisterial termini, all built and controlled by the biggest corporations in the land. The railroads dominated the American landscape for more than a hundred years but by the middle of the twentieth century, the automobile, the truck, and the airplane had eclipsed the railroads and the nation started to forget them. In The Great Railroad Revolution, renowned railroad expert Christian Wolmar tells the extraordinary story of the rise and the fall of the greatest of all American endeavors, and argues that the time has come for America to reclaim and celebrate its often-overlooked rail heritage.

No Ordinary Disruption

No Ordinary Disruption

The Four Global Forces Breaking All the Trends

  • Author: Richard Dobbs,James Manyika,Jonathan Woetzel
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs
  • ISBN: 1610397622
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 288
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Our intuition on how the world works could well be wrong. We are surprised when new competitors burst on the scene, or businesses protected by large and deep moats find their defenses easily breached, or vast new markets are conjured from nothing. Trend lines resemble saw-tooth mountain ridges. The world not only feels different. The data tell us it is different. Based on years of research by the directors of the McKinsey Global Institute, No Ordinary Disruption: The Four Forces Breaking all the Trends is a timely and important analysis of how we need to reset our intuition as a result of four forces colliding and transforming the global economy: the rise of emerging markets, the accelerating impact of technology on the natural forces of market competition, an aging world population, and accelerating flows of trade, capital and people. Our intuitions formed during a uniquely benign period for the world economy—often termed the Great Moderation. Asset prices were rising, cost of capital was falling, labour and resources were abundant, and generation after generation was growing up more prosperous than their parents. But the Great Moderation has gone. The cost of capital may rise. The price of everything from grain to steel may become more volatile. The world's labor force could shrink. Individuals, particularly those with low job skills, are at risk of growing up poorer than their parents. What sets No Ordinary Disruption apart is depth of analysis combined with lively writing informed by surprising, memorable insights that enable us to quickly grasp the disruptive forces at work. For evidence of the shift to emerging markets, consider the startling fact that, by 2025, a single regional city in China—Tianjin—will have a GDP equal to that of the Sweden, of that, in the decades ahead, half of the world's economic growth will come from 440 cities including Kumasi in Ghana or Santa Carina in Brazil that most executives today would be hard-pressed to locate on a map. What we are now seeing is no ordinary disruption but the new facts of business life— facts that require executives and leaders at all levels to reset their operating assumptions and management intuition.