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The Goodyear Story : An Inventor's Obsession and the Struggle for a Rubber Monopoly - Richard Korman

The Goodyear Story

An Inventor's Obsession and the Struggle for a Rubber Monopoly

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Long before the Robber Barons made America into an international economic power, a generation of visionary inventors gambled on innovations they hoped would bring them riches. Chief among them was Charles Goodyear, who, in the 1830s, began his obsessive quest to find the recipe for rubber, a material he believed would change the world. In chasing his dream, Goodyear entered a Dickensian underworld, miring his family in poverty, spending extended periods in debtors' prison, and provoking powerful enemies who were also determined to understand and control this miracle substance. His victory in a triumphant lawsuit argued eloquently by Daniel Webster made Goodyear into an American industrial legend, but never released him from his tragic obsession and the pain it caused those close to him. Here, Richard Korman has written a fascinating biography of an inventor harnessing a new technology that also provides a panoramic view of America at the onset of its industrial revolution. Drawing on newly discovered archival records, Korman tells a suspenseful story of scientific experimentation and legal struggle in creating a portrait of an eminent American whose eccentricity anticipates the trials of new economy pioneers of today.

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"Although Korman doesn't emphasize it often, his book serves as inspiration for entrepreneurs of any age."

Prologue: Upstart Americansp. 1
Yankee Notionsp. 8
Salvation through Rubberp. 24
The Scent of Brimstonep. 39
The Remarkable Providencep. 56
Patent No. 3633p. 82
"Do you think you are a scoundrel?"p. 94
A Capacious Monopolyp. 113
A Trial for the Centuryp. 125
"I cannot censure myself"p. 164
Epilogue: "Grandfather's life was faithful, just and righteous"p. 187
Author's Notep. 205
Source Notesp. 209
Indexp. 223
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ISBN: 9781893554825
ISBN-10: 1893554821
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 230
Published: 1st November 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36