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April 16, 2004

News & Opinion: Building Nations and Skyscrapers

By: 800-CEO-READ @ 9:54 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

I know a lot of people who are inspired by reading history. There were two articles in the Wall Street Journal this week pointed people to historical titles. The first article was in Monday's (4/12/04) paper titled 'Behind America's Infatuation With the Founding Fathers'. This month Penguin Press is releasing Ron Cherow's "Alexander Hamilton". There is great hope for the book with the recent successes of David McCollough's "John Adams" and Walter Issacson's "Ben Franklin". The article give all sorts of reasons for the recent interest in early US history, which include 9/11, lack of substance in current politics, and search for heroes. Jump forward 100 years, you'll find the two books highlighted in Thursday's (4/15/04) book review 'Building Without a Net'. "High Steel" by Jim Rasenberger and "Dreams of Iron and Steel" by Deborah Cadbury chronicle the way steel changed society forever. Here is an exerpt from the review by Julia Vitullo-Martin:
The great 19th-century inventions - suspension bridges, railroads, subways, skyscrapers- redistributed wealth dramatically, bestowing it on those who grasped the consequences of technology's advance and stripping it from those who did not.
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