Bhu Srinivasan is an accomplished media entrepreneur whose career has spanned digital media, pop culture, technology, publishing, and financial content. Srinivasan arrived in the U.S. with his family at the age of eight, and as a child lived in the South, the Rust Belt, Southern California, and the Pacific Northwest. He lives in New Canaan, CT with his wife and four children.
"A delightful tour through the businesses and industries that turned America into the biggest economy in the world. Not only is the book written in a light and informative style, it is cleverly constructed. . . . There is plenty of surprising detail. . . . An excellent book."--The Economist
"The historical parallels his work provokes are striking and
illustrative, and modern innovators would benefit from looking more
closely at how the past may inform their future."-- Quartz "Bhu
Srinivasan is an expert storyteller who deftly navigates the
history of American innovation. In a world preoccupied with
Zuckerberg and Musk, he tells a series of bite-size narratives that
are individually digestible yet comprehensive in their survey of
capitalism, from that of ferry-captain Cornelius Vanderbilt to that
of Samuel Morse, portrait-painter-turned-telegraph-inventor.
Painting the backdrop of four centuries of ingenuity, he reminds us
how far America has come. A great book."--Scott Hartley, venture
capitalist and author of The Fuzzy and the Techie "In Americana,
Bhu Srinivasan ranges widely and insightfully through the long,
tangled history of capitalism and democracy in America. Provocative
and lucid, Americana deserves and rewards attention from citizens,
present and future, of our troubled yet alluring nation."--Alan
Taylor, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for The Internal Enemy "A
wonderfully readable and entertaining panorama of the innovators
and entrepreneurs who have shaped our history. Lively and original,
brimming with surprising details and full of brilliant insights,
this is narrative history at its best."--Liaquat Ahamed, winner
of the Pulitzer Prize for Lords of Finance "A colorful,
engaging, and incisive account of the evolving varieties of
American capitalism told through the new technologies that drove it
forward, the ideas that shaped it, the institutions that enabled
it, the goods it produced, and the people who made and resisted it.
It is a book that is both personal and historically
sweeping."--Richard White, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for
Railroaded "[Srinivasan] is particularly insightful on cycles of
technological revolution, as with Andrew Carnegie's innovations as
a steel baron and the rise of the automobile industry. . . . Spryly
and with just the right amount of circumstantial detail, Srinivasan
places all this against the context of his own history in America.
. . . A smart, accessible contribution to the nation's economic
history."--Kirkus "An informative, fluently written history.
. . . An intelligent survey of U.S. business history. . .
accessible to a wide audience."--Library