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A Nation of Steel: The Making of Modern America, 1865-1925
From the age of railroads through the building of the first battleships, from the first skyscrapers to the dawning of the age of the automobile, steelmakers proved central to American industry, building, and transportation. In A Nation of Steel Thomas Misa explores the complex interactions between steelmaking and the rise of the industries that have characterized modern Am ...more
Published September 8th 1998 by Johns Hopkins University Press
(first published April 1st 1995)
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Thomas Misa's account of how the Steel industry rose to prominence in the years of 1865-1925 is a masterful telling of the all American story. Steel was crucial for the development of this country from the transcontinental railroad to the automobile. The steel industry was dependent upon these contracts in order to grow. It was a highly centralized system in which the railroad presidents personally dealt with the negotiations. After the railroads newer and stronger steels were produced using the ...more
An interesting subject (well, to me at least!) but a poorly written account of the steel industry from the railroad age to the dawn of the automobile industry. The author goes into excruciating detail at times but still leaves out crucial technical information. Maybe I was disappointed in part because I was more interested in the technical side of the steel industry, not the business side.