The Fire of His Genius: Robert Fulton and the American Dream

The Fire of His Genius: Robert Fulton and the American Dream by Kirkpatrick Sale 0743223217 9780743223218
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None of the spectators who gathered on the Hudson River shore on August 17, 1808, could have known the importance of the object they had come to see and, mostly, deride: Robert Fultons new steamboat. But as Kirkpatrick Sale shows in this remarkable biography, Fultons large, noisy, showy, fast, brash, exciting, powerful, and audacious machine would -- for better or worse -- irrevocably transform nineteenth-century America.Set against a brilliant portrait of a dynamic period in history,The Fire of His Geniustells the story of the fiercely driven man whose invention opened up Americas interior to waves of settlers, created and sustained industrial and plantation economies in the nations heartland, and facilitated the destruction of the remaining Indian civilizations. Probing Fultons genius but also laying bare the darker side of the man -- and the darker side of the American dream -- Kirkpatrick Sale tells an extraordinary tale with deftness, zest, and unflagging verve.

Author: Kirkpatrick Sale

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 242

Publisher: Touchstone

Publication Date: 2002-09-10


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