America the Ingenious: How a Nation of Dreamers, Immigrants, and Tinkerers Changed the World tells the story of more than fifty modern marvels and how they came to be, as small as the safety pin and as large as the city of Chicago. Join Baker here for an interactive walking tour of Lower Manhattan that features several of the book's landmark inventions. See and hear about the former tallest skyscraper in the world, the meager three-story building that used to house the entire federal government, the Brooklyn Bridge that almost wasn't, and of course the intricate, ever-incredible New York City subway system.
Photograph excerpted from Kevin Baker's America the Ingenious (Artisan Books). © 2016 / Illustrations by Chris Dent.
If the current election season has you ready to call it quits on this whole America thing, consider some of our finer achievements. Unlike Trump ties, the inventions profiled in Kevin Baker's new book were produced right here in the U.S. of A.