They Made America: Two Centuries of Innovators from the Steam Engine to the Search Engine

Developed in tandem with a four-part PBS series, Evans’s profusely illustrated and elegantly written book offers the same breadth and scope as his previous bestseller, The American Century. Evans, former president and publisher of Random House, profiles 70 of America’s leading inventors, entrepreneurs and innovators, some better known than others. Along with such obvious choices as Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and the Wright brothers, Evans … [ Read more ]

Is Genius Enough?

Britain had it all – brains, ideas, and inventions like radar and pencillin – but the U.S. brought the best to the market. The lesson is sobering: Native brilliance needs a national backup drive.