He was one of America's greatest innovators, but his plan to build a production city in the Amazon ultimately ended in disaster.
The country’s financial hub has a long history of lying, cheating, and stealing
After one Ford changed America, another accomplished something almost as amazing
A critic looks at 10 movies that show how Americans work together.
How women entrepreneurs reshaped the American economic landscape in the wake of WWII.
A student of an underappreciated literary genre selects some books that may change the way you see what you do.
A sampling of the wisdom of Americans from Ben Franklin to Cameron Crowe
… or why in America campaign-finance reform never succeeds
THE VIDEO GAME turns twenty-five this year, and it has packed a whole lot of history into a mere quarter-century
…and grow, and grow, from almost no employees to three million. Don’t blame the welfare state, or the military; the truth is much more interesting.
THE IMPERIUM OF modern television advertising was born in desperate improvisation
When American cars ruled the world
In a nation of inventors it has always been the single most invented thing. At this very moment hundreds of Americans are busy obeying Emerson’s famous dictum—even though the machine he exhorted them to build has existed in near-transcendental perfection for almost a century.
HISTORY’S MOST PHOTOGENIC LABOR dispute lasted thirty days, spread to eight cities, closed thirty-seven plays, and finally won performers some respect
A CENTURY AGO you’d eat steak and lobster when you couldn’t afford chicken. Today it can cost less than the potatoes you serve with. What happened in the years between was an extraordinary marriage of technology and the market.
HOW A NATION BORN OUT OF A TAX REVOLT has—and especially hasn’t—solved the problems of taxing its citizens
You’ve probably never heard of them, but these ten people changed your life. Each of them is a big reason why your world today is so different from anyone’s world in 1954
The Greatest American Car Ever Made? “It’s a Duesy”
Americans invented the grand hotel in the 183Os and during the next century brought it to a zenith of democratic luxury that makes a visit to the surviving examples the most agreeable of historic pilgrimages
How we became a nation of instant, constant borrowers
A tribute to the brash confections our car makers offered the world during a decade when not one American in a thousand had even heard the name Toyota
As long as there have been bankers and brokers, there have been people asking what would happen if they had to earn an honest living
At its roots lie fundamental tensions that have bedeviled American banking since the nation began
For two hundred years the United States patent system has defined what is an invention and protected, enriched, and befuddled inventors. As a tool of corporate growth in a global economy, it is now more important than ever.
He excelled at business and made Macy's highly profitable. But Nathan Straus was even better at giving away his earnings to help people in need.
It wasn’t enough for Woolworth that his monument be grand and useful and beautiful—he wanted it to be profitable too.
Why do you need so much money to be rich nowadays? It’s a question that historians and readers of history have always found difficult to answer.
All through the 1920s eager young emigrants left the towns and farms of America and headed for New York City. One of them recalls the magnetism of the life that pulled him there.
It didn’t last long. But we never got over it.
It began with a few people trying to get hamburgers from grill to customer quicker and cheaper. Now it’s changed the way Americans live. And whether you like it or hate it, once you get on the road you’ll eat it.