Book Looks at Inventors and Obscure Geniuses

A portrait of John Fitch, who invented the steamboat toward the end of the 18th century.

hide captionA portrait of John Fitch, who invented the steamboat toward the end of the 18th century.

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Historian Harold Evans talks about great inventions by Americans. Evans' book, They Made America, profiles well-known inventors, and some obscure geniuses — the inventors of the gas mask, the credit rating and the retail franchise. Hear Evans and NPR's Steve Inskeep.

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They Made America
They Made America

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

by Harold Evans, Gail Buckland and David Lefer

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