Steamboats Come True: American Inventors in Action (Google eBook)

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Fordham Univ Press, Sep 1, 1992 - Transportation - 406 pages
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James Thomas Flexner has been a professional writer most of his adult life. After several year spent at the City desk at the New York Herald Tribune after graduating from Harvard University , Flexner went on to become one of America's foremost historians. He has written with great distinction in a unique style accessible to and enjoyed by the scholar and general reader, twenty-six books in the fields of American history and art. Although he is principally known for his historical books, notably his four -volume biography of George Washington, Flexner has written in many forms and for many outlets. He has written for print and television; he has been a lecturer, columnist, reviewer, and even a fiction writer.
  

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Who invented the steamboats depends on what criterion you use. John Fitch may have been the first to make a steamboat in 1785, but only after Robert Fulton built the North River in 1807 did they become more than a freak The book was first published 1944 Read full review

Contents

In Pursuit of Paradox
1
Magic and Prophecy
10
The Twig Is Bent
19
France Plays the First Card
38
Stone Age Adventure
50
Enter a Soldier of Fortune
64
The Birth of an Obsession
75
The Race Is On
87
A Killing Frost
190
Death of a Champion
208
The New Champion
214
A Stormy Sunset
230
The Birth of the Submarine
244
Aristocrats Take a Hand
262
Undersea Adventures
270
Fultons First Steamboat
280

Fitch Discovers a Friend
100
A Miniature Painter
110
Triumphs All Round
122
The Rivals Collide
134
Theres Many a Slip
144
England Enters the Game
152
Lord High Admirals of the Delaware
177
Death for Sale
294
The Most Fearful Wild Fowl Living
317
Cars of Neptune
333
Steamboat Fever
348
Who Invented the Steamboat?
364
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James Thomas Flexner is a National Book Award Laureate; recipient of a special Pulitzer Prize Citation; winner of the Society of American Historians' Parkman Prize, the gold medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters for Eminence in Biography.James Thomas Flexner has won a Special Pulitzer Prize Citation, a National Book Award, and a Christopher's Award for his four-volume biography, Washignton: An Indispensable Man. A foremost man of letters, Flexner has written with equal distinction in the fields of American history, biography and art.

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