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Paperback Boston Firsts: 40 Feats of Innovation and Invention that Happened First in Boston and Helped Make America Great Book

ISBN: 0807071323

ISBN13: 9780807071328

Boston Firsts: 40 Feats of Innovation and Invention that Happened First in Boston and Helped Make America Great

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Boston Firsts is about everything (well, almost!) that happened first in Boston and changed life elsewhere: from the first lighthouse and public library to the first madam and ready-made suit. Boston-based journalist and essayist Lynda Morgenroth has written forty original essays on the city's long history of innovation, from the colonial era to the present. These lively takes on Boston's innovative history range from the first use of ether in publicly...

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Engaging & Informative

Boston Firsts is a tribute not only to the innovative spirit of Boston, but also to human ingenuity and creativity. The book is divided into forty short essays which explore intriguing topics, such as the first novel, and the scandal behind it, the first YMCA, opening in 1852, and the first Boston Cream Pie, a treasure for pie-lovers everywhere. How did the tradition of First Night begin? What is the story of the USS Constitution? For readers who are curious and appreciate history and innovation presented in antecdotal style, this book is a joy. The book is written deftly by essayist Lynda Morgenroth, whose work has appeared in numerous journals and periodicals, including the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, and -- of course -- the Boston Globe. I recommend this book most highly.
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