Inventing Modern: Growing Up with X-Rays, Skyscrapers, and Tailfins

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Lienhard, John H., 1930– Inventing modern: growing up with x-rays, skyscrapers, and tailfins/by John H. Lienhard. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-19-516032-0 1. United States—Civilization—20th century. 2. Technological innovations—Social aspects—United States—History—20th century. 3. Technology—Social aspects—United States—History—20th century. 4. Science—Social aspects—United States—History—20th century. 5. Material culture—Social aspects—United States—History—20th century. 6. Lienhard, John H., 1930–—Childhood and youth. I. Title. E169.1.L53945 2003 303.48′3′097309045—dc21 2002156634 Rev.

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  • Title Page *
  • Contents *
  • Preface vii
  • Inventing Modern xi
  • 1 - 1846: Great-Grandpa and Manifest Destiny 1
  • 2 - Short-Lived Technologies: Searching for Direction 21
  • 3 - “the Irruption of Forces Totally New” 39
  • 4 - A New Genus of Genius 53
  • 5 - Remington to Modern: Finding the Core on the Fringe 64
  • 6 - Fires and the High-Rise Phoenix 84
  • 7 - The Titan City 101
  • 8 - Automobile 115
  • 9 - On the Road: of Highways and Gasoline 137
  • 10 - The Back Door into the Sky 152
  • 11 - Flying Down to Rio 172
  • 12 - A Boy's Life in the New Century 190
  • 13 - Inventing a Better Mousetrap 204
  • 14 - War 219
  • 15 - A Funeral in the Fifties 244
  • 16 - After Modern 258
  • Notes 269
  • Index 285
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