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This book, dealing with our great inventors, their origins, hopes, aims, principles, disappointments, trials, and triumphs, their daily life and personal character, presents just enough concerning their inventions to make the story intelligible. The history is often a painful one. When poor Goodyear, the inventor of vulcanized rubber, was one day asked what he wanted to make of his boys, he is said to have replied: "Make them anything but inventors; mankind has nothing but cuffs and kicks for those who try to do it a service." The inventors covered in this book include: (1) Benjamin Franklin, (2) Robert Fulton, (3) Eli Whitney, (4) Elias Howe, (5) Samuel F. B. Morse, (6) Charles Goodyear, (7) John Ericsson, (8) Cyrus Hall McCormick, (9) Thomas A. Edison, (10) Alexander Graham Bell, and (11) American Inventors Past and Present. It is a pleasure to publish this new, high quality, and affordable edition of this timeless book. This edition is amply illustrated with beautiful drawings.


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