200 iconic American products. For much of the twentieth century, America's commercial success was due to its very distinctive manner of designing and producing goods. Working independently from European and Asian influences, American businesses developed unique styles. American automobile designs, for instance, have often been bolder than those of their European counterparts. The emphasis on design has also led to legendary products and packaging such as the universally recognized Coca-Cola bottle. This book examines 210 products that have achieved icon status and have "America" written all over them. Each item is featured in stunning photography accompanied by a concise history, key data, and amazing trivia. These products epitomize the uniquely American combination of confident styling and utility. They also reflect the depth of American marketing, which seeks uniqueness to maximize product awareness.
Nick Freeth is the author of Motorbooks titles such as Route 66 and Pacific Coast Highway and a student of American history and culture. After graduating from Cambridge University in England, Nick worked for the BBC as a senior producer, and later formed his own production company to produce current affairs and music-related documentaries. He lives in Essex, United Kingdom.