Synopses & Reviews
A captivating look at a bygone era through the lens of a single, surprisingly momentous American year one century ago. 1908 was the year Henry Ford launched the Model T, the Wright Brothers proved to the world that they had mastered the art of flight, Teddy Roosevelt decided to send American naval warships around the globe, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series (a feat they have never yet repeated), and six automobiles set out on an incredible 20,000 mile race from New York City to Paris via the frozen Bering Strait. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andnbsp;A charming and knowledgeable guide, Rasenberger takes readers back to a time of almost limitless optimism, even in the face of enormous inequality, an era when the majority of Americans believed that the future was bound to be better than the past, that the worldand#8217;s worst problems would eventually be solved, and that nothing at all was impossible. As Thomas Edison succinctly said that year, and#8220;Anything, everything is possible.and#8221;
About the Author
andlt;Bandgt;Jim Rasenbergerandlt;/Bandgt; is the author of andlt;Iandgt;The Brilliant Disaster: JFK, Castro, and America's Doomed Invasion of Cuba's Bay of Pigs andlt;/Iandgt;and andlt;iandgt;High Steel: The Daring Men Who Built the Worldand#8217;s Greatest Skylineandlt;/iandgt;. He has written for andlt;iandgt;The New York Times,andlt;/iandgt; andlt;iandgt;Vanity Fairandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Smithsonian,andlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;The Wilson Quarterlyandlt;/iandgt;, among other publicationsandlt;iandgt;.andlt;/iandgt; A native of Washington, D.C., he lives in New York City with his wife and sons.