Madness in the Making: The Triumphant Rise & Untimely Fall of America's Show Inventors
"A fascinating history of the unexpected intersection of science, technology and show business."
-John Steele Gordon, author of Hamilton's Blessing "Once upon a time, American know-how flourished through show-how: spectacular demonstrations by ever resourceful technological entrepreneurs. David Lindsay brings back these glorious (and sometimes infamous) theatricals in a delightful, witty, narrative with a serious point: the American inventor, now relegated to endless rehearsals, needs to resume a rightful place on the national center stage. For admirers and critics of technology and for veteran and inspiring inventors, Madness in the Making will give pleasure and inspire debate."
-Edward Tenner. Author of Why Things Bite Back
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