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The Boy Who Invented Television: A Story of Inspiration, Persistence, and Quiet Passion

Paul Schatzkin

While the great minds of science, financed by the biggest companies in the world, wrestled with 19th century answers to a 20th century problem, Philo T. Farnsworth, age 14, dreamed of trapping light in an empty jar and transmitting it, one line at a time, on a magnetically deflected beam of electrons. Philo Farnsworth was a self-educated farm boy from Rigby, Idaho, when he first sketched his idea for electronic television on a blackboard for his high school science teacher. Six years later, while competitors still struggled with mechanical television systems, Farnsworth successfully demonstrated his invention. He was 21. In 1930, Farnsworth was awarded the fundamental patents for modern television. He spent the next decade perfecting his invention, fighting off challenges to his patents by the giant Radio Corporation of America and defending his vision against his own shortsighted investors who did not share his larger dream of scientific independence. The Boy Who Invented Television traces Farnsworth's "guided tour" of discovery, describing the observations he made in the course of developing his initial invention, and revealing how his unique insights brought him to the threshold of what might have been an even greater discovery-clean, safe, and unlimited energy from controlled nuclear fusion.
 
296 pp / 2004 / 9780976200000 / $16.00 
Order no. 1381

Lapel Pins

These custom pins were designed in-house and produced exclusively for IHB by Indiana Metalcraft in Bloomington, Indiana. They are both about 1" tall.  The state pin is gold-tone with enamel, and the heavy, pewter pin features a detailed State House dome (click here to see the detail).

   

Enamel Pin
$4.99
Order no. 1350 

 Pewter Pin
$10.99
Order no. 1351

 

Johnny Appleseed and the American Orchard: A Cultural History

William Kerrigan

Johnny Appleseed and the American Orchard illuminates the meaning of Johnny "Appleseed" Chapman's life and the environmental and cultural significance of the plant he propagated. Creating a startling new portrait of the eccentric apple tree planter, William Kerrigan carefully dissects the oral tradition of the Appleseed myth and draws upon material from archives and local historical societies across New England and the Midwest.

The character of Johnny Appleseed stands apart from other frontier heroes like Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone, who employed violence against Native Americans and nature to remake the West. His apple trees, nonetheless, were a central part of the agro-ecological revolution at the heart of that transformation. Yet men like Chapman, who planted trees from seed rather than grafting, ultimately came under assault from agricultural reformers who promoted commercial fruit stock and were determined to extend national markets into the West. Over the course of his life John Chapman was transformed from a colporteur of a new ecological world to a curious relic of a pre-market one.

248 pp / 2012 / 9781421407296 / $25.00
Order no. 1361

Indianapolis Colts: The Complete Illustrated History

Lew Freedman

This fully illustrated history of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates the football team from its origins in Baltimore through the past three decades in Indianapolis. With fascinating stories and in-depth analysis, author Lew Freeman highlights Pro Football Hall of Famers such as the legendary Johnny Unitas, Raymond Berry, John Mackey, Gino Marchetti, Lenny Moore, Eric Dickerson, and Marshall Faulk. Coaches Don Shula and Tony Dungy are also featured prominently, as are the Irsay family and recent stars such as Peyton Manning, Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne, Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis, and Andrew Luck.

224 pp / 2013 / 9780760343302 /$35.00
Order No. 1363

Weird Indiana: Your Travel Guide to Indiana’s Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets

Mark Marimen et al.

Weird Indiana is here to prove that the Crossroads of America, as our state motto claims, is also the Crossroads of the Weird! There's such an abundance of weirdness here that it took three authors to showcase all the odd and offbeat wonders the Hoosier State has to offer. Our authors, Mark Marimen, Jim Willis, and Troy Taylor, set off with cameras and notepads in hand, in search of Indiana's best kept secrets, local legends, bizarre beasts, and more, and they found it—in spades!

Sit back and enjoy a relaxing picnic in Shades of Death Park; “see the light” if you're lucky enough to witness those unexplained glowing spots known as Moody's Light. Find out how a town named Santa Claus became involved in one of the fiercest rivalries in the state's history. Slap on another layer of color to the world's biggest ball of paint, and no, you're not seeing things—that really is an enormous pink-spectacled elephant drinking a martini on the side of the road! Get the time from an enormous leg sundial, and listen for the whistle of terror on the White Lick Creek Bridge, but whatever you do, don't answer an ad from La Porte's Black Widow. Make a person-to-person call from inside a tomb, and meet Indiana's most upright citizen, buried that way for almost two hundred years. Check out the ruins of Littleville, where 125 miniature buildings once stood—complete with a courthouse, and even a yacht club, all of eighteen inches tall.

253 pp / 2008 / 9781402754524 / $14.95
Order no. 1360

Washed Away: How the Great Flood of 1913, America's Most Widespread Natural Disaster, Terrorized a Nation and Changed it Forever

Geoff Williams

The incredible story of a flood of near-Biblical proportions—its destruction, its heroes and victims, and how it shaped America’s natural-disaster policies for the next century. The storm began March 23, 1913, with a series of tornadoes that killed 150 people and injured 400. Then the freezing rains started and the flooding began. It continued for days. Some people drowned in their attics, others on the roads when they tried to flee. It was the nation’s most widespread flood ever—more than 700 people died, hundreds of thousands of homes and buildings were destroyed, and millions were left homeless. The destruction extended far beyond the Ohio valley to Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, New York, New Jersey, and Vermont. Fourteen states in all, and every major and minor river east of the Mississippi. In the aftermath, flaws in America’s natural disaster response system were exposed, echoing today’s outrage over Katrina. People demanded change. Laws were passed, and dams were built. Teams of experts vowed to develop flood control techniques for the region and stop flooding for good. So far those efforts have succeeded.It is estimated that in the Miami Valley alone, nearly 2,000 floods have been prevented, and the same methods have been used as a model for flood control nationwide and around the world.

400 pp / 2013 / 9781453271636 / $16.95
Order no. 1364

The Fault in Our Stars

John Green

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars brilliantly explores the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

352 pp / 2012 / 9781101569184 / $12.99
Order no. 1379 

Slaughterhouse-Five

Kurt Vonnegut

This is one of the world’s great antiwar books. Centering on the infamous firebombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim’s odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we fear most.

215 pp / 9780440180296 / $17.60
Order no. 1377 

Cat’s Cradle

Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut’s satirical commentary on modern man and his madness. An apocalyptic tale of this planet’s ultimate fate, it features a midget as the protagonist, a complete, original theology created by a calypso singer, and a vision of the future that is at once blackly fatalistic and hilariously funny. A book that left an indelible mark on an entire generation of readers, Cat’s Cradle is one of the twentieth century’s most important works—and Vonnegut at his very best.

285 pp / 9780385333481 / $15.00
Order no. 1378 

Women Invent! Two Centuries of Discoveries That Have Shaped Our World

Susan Casey

These inspiring stories of women inventors take the reader through the process of inventing--from coming up with an idea to having it manufactured and sold.

144 pp / 1997 / 9781569765111 / $16.95
Order no. 1357