Robertson's Book of Firsts
Who Did What for the First Time
"The one-of-a-kind encyclopedia of the first time for everything, from advertisements to zippers."--Jacket.
Patrick Robertson's compendium of inventions, breakthroughs, and other "first" events is a stunning achievement of over fifty years of research, collecting, and writing. Robertson writes with charm and fluency on a massive range of topics-the first computer, the first department store, the first black head of state (it's not who you think), and a seemingly limitless array of others. The United States, in particular, has been a cradle of innovation-44 percent of modern innovations, by his calculation-and Robertson has identified a first time in America for each entry. Comprehensive yet carefully curated, Robertson's Book of Firsts catalogs watershed events of social relevance. It includes major achievements, like the first women to serve in a regular army (bravo, Canada, and would you believe as early as 1906?), but not mere curiosities, like the first women to serve disguised as men. The result is a catalog of useful inventions and beginnings of trends, an index of American and global culture of a kind you can't get anywhere else. Handsomely designed, elegant, and effortless to read, this is both a work of essential reference and a beautiful gift for history buffs, scientists, inventors, and anyone with an inquiring mind.
An eccentric, engaging compendium of inventions, breakthroughs and other "first" events draws on decades of research and surveys a wide range of subjects from the first computer and the first department store to the first women to serve in the military and the first black head of state.
Draws on decades of research to present a survey of inventions, breakthroughs, and other "first" events ranging from the first computer and department store to the first women to serve in the military and black head of state.
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