Kevin Baker — historian; author of a number of books, including Paradise Alley; writer for The New York Times, GQ and The Los Angeles Times — has released a new book, America the Ingenious: How a Nation of Dreamers, Immigrants, and Tinkerers Changed the World. Inside, you’ll find over 75 short stories about the people and innovations that greatly impacted the world. If you want a taste, you can find three of them below: the stories of the first transatlantic cable, the first safety elevator and the Golden Gate Bridge.
How the Golden Gate Bridge Was Built
A $35 million steel harp.
The Story of the First Transatlantic Cable
The first telegraph cable across the Atlantic Ocean was laid in 1858. It connected New York to London — and to the rest of the world.
The Elevators We Ride Today Started as a Magic Trick
Otis’s invention that drew screams and cries.