Changes in tone and voice from chapter to chapter add to the muddle. However, the many stories of industrial triumph and personal vignettes are interesting.
The larger picture is definitely well explained. The book is clearly informative for anyone interested by the subject matter. Some chapters are quite comprehensive to the point where it could almost be considered a reference work. It is clear a great deal of thought and work went into creating every page. This is a well researched, well written, interesting book. It's just a little bit confused about its identity. Jul 24, Michael Clifford rated it really liked it. Nice read concerning the early phases of the industrial revolution in the United States.
Of particular interest is the comparison of the US vs.
Great Britain in this same period. The US focused on mass production and less focus on labor. The net result was a huge increase in output which eventually eclipsed Great Britain. Jul 10, Eric Gardner rated it liked it. Instead, it means the political, social, and business networks required to bring a product to the masses. Today, corporations invest billions of dollars on migrating to the cloud; years ago that money went towards systems that mass produced precision gears.
It seems silly now, but these gears powered the next years of industrial output. Steam engines needed gears. Guns needed gears. Clocks needed gears. Nearly everything in the mechanical age was powered by toothed wheels, working together to power inanimate objects. Almost every investor wanted to be in the gear business.
Post-Civil War industrialization had an important and largely overlooked predecessor in the first decades of the 19th century. Book Description PublicAffairs. As Kendi shows, racist ideas did not arise from ignorance or hatred. Citation formats are based on standards as of July Published on May 22, Behind that ideal were the machines, the men, and the trading and transportation networks that created a new, world-class economic power.
Most failed. By all accounts he was an exceptional individual. He had capital. He had gear designs that were more advanced than his competitors. On paper, the start-up should have worked. But he had no chance. English naval spending drove the industry and without a network of buyers, suppliers and sales agents to connect with, his company faded into history. The moral of the story? Social networks matter. Together, the two disciplines push the world forward. We targeted our production methods towards the masses. Prior to America, clocks and ovens were reserved for the wealthy.
Once the items were scaled, large economic networks developed to produce, market, sell and support the goods. The networks are still aligned with industrial and s era norms. New networks that embrace the fast moving, tech centric nature of the knowledge economy must be created.
What do I mean by that? The knowledge economy moves at a rapid pace.
This means people and businesses must be free to quickly adapt and take advantage of opportunities. On paper, it has never been easier to start a business. Paperwork is streamlined, regulations are cut, and capital is easy to find. However, there are new problems not found on a traditional balance sheet that destroy innovation. According to City Lab, bad infrastructure has the potential to wipe out the economic benefits of cities.
Student loan debt is crippling young entrepreneurs--over 2 million people report it as a barrier to entry, and antiquated IP protections discourage innovation. None of these will be found on a balance sheet. All of these impact people's ability to enter and compete in an industry. This is obviously an incomplete list, however, for all our talk about building an innovative society we'd be best served to look to the past.
Morris revealed that a solid social system matters much, much, more than we'd like to realize. This review originally appeared at www. Check out my website if you found this review interesting. Interesting view.
I was expecting a different analysis. Worth reading. I don't know if I will read another one of his books. Jan 13, Teresa rated it liked it. Pretty good for non fiction read. I think the audio version would be better. Good plane read. He compares the industrialization process in the United States with that in Great Britain, and in the final chapter briefly discusses the growth of China in relation to American prospects, a dev I enjoyed this book about the beginnings of industrialization in the United States. The relationship between the United States and China does have some similarities between that of the United States and Britain two centuries ago, but with the roles reversed.
One similarity is that the industrializing nation is quite fond of making off with the ideas and technology of the more developed one, though China has the advantage of illictly using electronic communication systems that did not exist in the s. One great distance between the United States in the s and contemporary China is that the United States was expanding into lightly populated territory, while contemporary China is of course very populous.
One consequent difficulty that China faces, exacerbated by its pattern of development, is a shortage of water, especially clean water, and its unfortunate geographical distribution not enough in northern China. The United States during its industrialization did not face a similar problem. This book is an effort at a popular focused economic history of the US in the 19th century. Morris has a particular case to make — that the surge in US economic performance from the late 19th century and well into the current one was based on fundamental developments that promoted scale and scope economies in US supply and distribution capabilities, combined with well known influences as economic culture, innovation, political economy, and the role of great plutocrats such as Morgan, Rockefeller This book is an effort at a popular focused economic history of the US in the 19th century.
Morris has a particular case to make — that the surge in US economic performance from the late 19th century and well into the current one was based on fundamental developments that promoted scale and scope economies in US supply and distribution capabilities, combined with well known influences as economic culture, innovation, political economy, and the role of great plutocrats such as Morgan, Rockefeller, Carnegie, Mellon, Gould, and others.
The boom would have happened without these individuals, even if the shape of the economy would have been different. Morris adds to this an effort to draw out comparisons from the US-Britain battle and apply them to the situation between the US and a resurgent China today. While the author makes a case that is worth considering, the book as a whole is noteworthy from drawing together a number of existing historical accounts and analyses to fashion an uncommon perspective. The comparisons between the US and China catch-up strategies are helpful.
In addition, the historical context and natural resource endowments are also crucial. This book presents a more multifaceted and more plausible story for US economic growth and prospects that is seen in many popular accounts of these issues. Success such as the US had earlier and China is having now require some restrictions on the operation of free markets, since those markets would work to eliminate excessive profits — the more quickly the freer the markets.
In this sense, the book is also a call for attention to effective economic governance, similar to such recent books as "Why Nations Fail". This book is also refreshing to me as an tonic against the easy resort to political rhetoric and economic platitudes that are common in popularized accounts.
The reality of economic dynamism and growth is very complex — explanations about national prospects for economic performance should work to better reflect that complexity, even while trying to simplify and explain. The downside of this, of course, is that if an explanation gets too contextualized, that it is unique and without implications for future situations. This is a tension the author tries hard to manage. His efforts are generally successful. Well known sources, such as DeTocqueville are mentioned, along with others such as Fanny Trollope.
It was nice to contact these sources again.
American Rebels is an anthology of specially commissioned essays by leading American writers that attempt American Rebels is an anthology of specially commissioned essays by leading American writers that attempt to reconcile authentic patriotism with original artistic creation, unpopular opinion, and real moral principles that don't change with the winds. It includes rebels in politics, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt.
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Everyone in the world knows what Bill Clinton did with Monica Lewinsky, or what happened These factoids mysteriously capture the world's attention. But there's a flip side to this: fog facts. The work is a comparative study from region to region with anecdotal stories on the development of clocks, shoes, cloth and cast iron stoves for maritime export in the north to the rise precision machining in the armory practice of the Connecticut River Valley and how they relate.
Cuellar - 3 As the story progresses, Morris puts forth the notion and the now commonly held belief that the great American expansion would have happened with or without the robber barons. Had it not been them it certainly would have been somebody else. There was just too much inertia carrying the expansion forward and it would have happened on the same scale.
One thing he does emphasize is the role of governments in spurring economic development from early state funded canals to the latter federally enabled growth of the rail roads. The book begins with the Battle of the Great Lakes during the War of He goes on to mention previous splendid and in depth works on those naval battles by Gordon Wood and Theodore Roosevelt.
This result in itself emphasizes the importance of the period in the emerging commercial and industrial trends to follow. Similarly this outcome would be part of a trend which would be repeated in future US military engagements. In the early days of industrialization the newly independent United States was faced with its former master as its primary competitor. A few obvious questions can be taken away from Mr. We should ask: Was Britain overtaken economically by the US or did they simply plateau due to their own built-in limitations such as geography, availability of raw materials and a ridged social class system?
Certainly the US represents empire as much as any of the great Imperial powers of Europe had. However, with a few exceptions America has chosen to primarily present its imperial ambitions not as overtly state driven as the European powers had but synonymously as a desire to spread democracy for the good of all. With democracy comes the message and promise that it will bear fruit and a middle class will arise.
Of course this can be debated. In retrospect we can see that those powers had many fundamental differences.