Steamboats Come True: American Inventors in Action

Steamboats Come True: American Inventors in Action

by James Thomas Flexner


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First published in 1944, Steamboats Come True remains a myth-debunking but celebratory account of "the first American invention of world-shattering importance"--the steamboat.

Flexner is at his investigative best as he uncovers the intriguing evidence of "simultaneous invention" by men separated in time and place yet sharing a common vision.

At the heart is one tantalizing mystery: why, when all the components of the steamboat finally existed (vessel, paddle wheel and suitable steam engine), did it take another 25 years before they were successfully combined by Fulton?

"A great story of American ingenuity in the early years." (B-O-T Editorial Review Board)

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ISBN-13: 9780823213757
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 11/01/1992
Pages: 406

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