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American science and invention, a pictorial history;: The fabulous story of how American dreamers, wizards, and inspired tinkerers converted a wilderness into the wonder of the world Hardcover – 1954

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 437 pages
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster; First Edition edition (1954)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0007DO1ZU
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 9.6 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,581,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My very-wise grandmother gave this to me when it first came out: I was just 10 years old (and a girl, and not gifted by any means in scientific pursuits), but I loved it right off. I consulted it for school projects through junior high and high school, but always considered browsing for sheer fun and edification, to be its ultimate purpose. Not only has this taught me more about science and engineering, creativity and dedication, and U.S. history than most books I can think of; but over the years I have also used it for planning lessons on everything from design to industrial history to advanced ESL. In three countries, on two continents, I have kept this long-ago gift with me, and have always been glad to have it: there are no other fairly-substantial hardcovers which have made the cut through so many moves. As an earlier reviewer said, it's also a great coffee table book, with plenty of conversation-starting chronicles, and wondrous illustrations.
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This book was published the year I was born and my Father gave it to me as a boy.
It opened up the world to me, and I read it over and over for years.
I can't recomend it high enough.
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A great book that contains so much about how far we've come in such a short time. Highly recommended and makes a great coffee table book.
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"American Science and Invention: A Pictorial History" by Mitchell Wilson is an absolute exquisite history of American industrial development from Jamestown until the middle of the 20th Century. My father bought this volume for me when I was seven and began reading it to me, and by the time I was eight or nine I was reading it for myself. When my father died forty years later, I reread Wilson's testament to the printer's art with equal enthusiasm and was again struck by just how well-written and presented this book truly is. The pictures and graphics are exceptional, but more importantly the superb story telling simply captivates the reader. I can remember at eight unhappily having to put this volume down because I couldn't keep my eyes open any longer. However, this is not a children's book by any stretch of the imagination, but a definitive historic account certain to satisfy both the weekend history buff and the serious student alike. My hope is that a comparable author will cover the second half of the 20th Century as well. I continue to buy this book for my friends' children and grandchildren.
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