Manufacturing Independence tells two brilliantly interwoven stories, and it tells them both wondrously well. In the one, we discover how a handful of unsung heroes made the weapons that Washington’s army had to have to win the war for independence. In the other, we learn how the industrial revolution first came to America. Each of them is a history we’ve never had before. Together, in surprising and revelatory ways, they transform our understanding of our Revolutionary origins and our modern economy.
By Robert F. Smith