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Book Looks at Inventors and Obscure Geniuses

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A 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

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

by Harold Evans, Gail Buckland and David Lefer

Hardcover, 496 pages |

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