Book: American Genesis

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American Genesis: A Century of Invention and Technological Enthusiasm, 1870-1970

Author: Thomas P. Hughes
Publisher: Penguin USA

American Genesis is the book that helped earn Thomas Hughes his reputation as one of the foremost historians of technology of our age. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1990, the book tells the sweeping story of America’s technological revolution. Unlike other histories of technology, which focus on particular inventions like the light bulb or the automobile, American Genesis makes these inventions characters in the chronicle, shaped by and shaping a broader cultural context. By masterfully weaving scientific and technological advancement into other cultural trends, Hughes demonstrates here the myriad ways in which the two are inexorably linked. A new preface by Hughes recounts his missteps in predicting the future of technology and also traces our advancement into the information age.

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