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The Goodyear Story

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

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Trade Paperback / 222 pages
ISBN: 1893554821
AVAILABLE: 11/02/2003


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

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.

In The Goodyear Story, Richard Korman has written a fascinating biography that also provides a panoramic view of America in the first light 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 new economy pioneers of today.


About the Author

Richard Korman’s career has included podcasts, ghostwriting for Dr. Ruth Westheimer and a CD called Write to Influence, about improving everything from emails to essays. In 2007 he won another American Business Media Jesse H. Neal award for ENR.com, where he is senior business editor and writes the blog/online column Kormantary.

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