All the Facts: A History of Information in the United States by James W. Cortada

By James W. Cortada

All the Facts provides a background of the position of knowledge within the usa when you consider that 1870, while the kingdom all started an almost 150-year interval of financial prosperity and technological and medical ameliorations. James Cortada argues that electorate and their associations used info generally as instruments to enhance their paintings and personal lives and they used proof to assist form how the country advanced in the course of those fourteen a long time. He argues that information's function has lengthy been a severe portion of the paintings, play, tradition, and values of this country, and not more so than through the 20th century while its functionality in society improved dramatically. whereas parts of this tale were tested by means of millions of scholars---such because the position of radio, newspapers, books, desktops, and the web, approximately such associations as schooling, massive enterprise, accelerated roles of governments from city management to the country apartment, from agriculture to the companies and data industries---All the Facts appears to be like in any respect of those parts holistically, delivering a deeper perception into the way in which the us advanced over time.

An advent and eleven chapters describe what this knowledge atmosphere seemed like, the way it developed, and the way it was once used. for one more giant layer of data approximately this topic the reader is directed to the particular bibliographic essay behind this booklet. It incorporates a narrative historical past, case reports within the kind of sidebars, and tales illustrating key issues. Readers will locate, for instance, the tale of ways the U.S. postal procedure helped create modern-day info society, besides every little thing from books and newspapers to television, pcs, and the Internet.

The build-up to what many this day name the data Age took decades to accomplish and maintains to construct momentum. the results for the area, and never only for the us, are as profound as any mega-trend you can still establish within the heritage of humankind. All the Facts provides this improvement completely in an easy-to-digest structure that any lover of background, expertise, or the background of knowledge and enterprise will enjoy.

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