Synopses & Reviews
What would the world be like without all that the United States--in just over two short centuries--has achieved, invented, accomplished, and shared? The "invention" known as the United States of America has been the most influential force in the history of civilization. Now is the time to celebrate it! Mr. Typical American wakes up today in America, in his wood frame house, in his suburban neighborhod. He turns his TV to the Weather Channel, and then to CNN. He washes with floating Ivory soap and brushes his teeth with fluoride toothpaste. Mrs. Typical American gets up and changes their child's disposable diaper--no more safety pins. Next, she microwaves some homogenized milk for a few seconds, puts sliced bread into their pop-up toaster, and uses a Brillo pad on a pan before placing it in the dishwasher. Mr. Typical American puts an adhesive stamp on an envelope, zippers his briefcase, pops a piece of bubblegum in his mouth, places his cellular phone in his pocket, and slides his notebook computer into its carry case. He gets in his car, tunes his FM radio to a jazz station, drives over a suspension bridge to the skyscraper where he takes an elevator to his fluorescent-lighted, air-conditioned office. Later, he will stop at the store, grab a shopping cart, and pick up some house paint, Coco-Cola in pop-top cans, and some express mail envelopes to send his color film of the space shuttle launch to a developer. Tomorrow, he will take an airplane to the plant where his company's assembly line makes Jacuzzis. Five years from now, unfortunately, he will need an angioplasty, which will be performed under anesthesia. Every item italicized and boldfaced was, of course, Made in America!American Firsts offers an alluring, amusing, and amazing look at the creation and use of a wide range of American innovations, from agriculture to transportation, and everything in between. It's time for Americans to be proud of the wonders they have given the world.
Offers an alluring, amusing, and amazing look at a wide range of American innovations, from agriculture to transportation, and everything else in between.