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Sir Harold Evans is the author of The American Century (Knopf, 1998) and a history of 200 years of innovation entitled They Made America: From the Steam Engine to the Search Engine: Two Centuries of Innovators (Little, Brown, 2004), which was the basis of a four-part PBS series The American Experience.  An innovative educational company, Contemporary Learning Systems, prepares interactive college courses on innovation starting in 2009 based on They Made America.

Evans was the President and Publisher of Random House Trade Group from 1990-1997.  From 1997-1999 he was Editorial Director and Vice Chairman of U.S. News & World Report, New York Daily News, The Atlantic Monthly and Fast Company, a position from which he resigned in January 2000 to devote himself full-time to major writing and television projects.  (Evans remains a Contributing Editor at U.S. News & World Report).

Before moving to the United States, Evans was the editor of The Sunday Times from 1967 to 1981, and editor of The Times from 1981 to 1982.  His account of these years was published in his No. 1 UK best-seller Good Times, Bad Times.

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  • My Paper Chase: True Stories of Vanished Times

    Harold Evans
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    In My Paper Chase, Harold Evans recounts the wild and wonderful tale of his newspapering and publishing odyssey, which took him from Manchester to London and finally to America.  In England, he would become the editor of two of the most famous newspapers in the world, the Sunday Times and The Times of London; crack England’s biggest spy scandal; expose the cause of the world’s worst air crash of its time, involving the DC-10; and uncover one of the greatest health scandals of the century.  Then it would be on to New York, where he would begin all over again as a book publisher, acquiring the memoirs of Colin Powell, Marlon Brando, Henry Kissinger, Richard Nixon – and the unknown Barack Obama.

    Creating a tremendously vivid sense of what once was – the hot metal type, the smell of the presses, the heroes who gave their lives to write a final paragraph from a foreign battlefield – My Paper Chase is not just a glorious remembrance of an amazing life, but a poignant reminder of all that newspapers have been, and all that they can be again. (Little, Brown, and Company)

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  • They Made America: Two Centuries of Innovators from the Steam Engine to the Search Engine

    Harold Evans
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    There has never been a history of America like Harold Evans's long-awaited They Made America. With the verve and cogency that made his American Century an acclaimed bestseller, Evans tells the epic story of the men and women who made America over two centuries.

    Evans distills the most practical thinking about innovation into a feature called the Innovator’s Toolbox – influential gems that will inspire the thinking and hopes of those with ideas of their own.  Thomas Edison urged the men in his lab to come up with practical things: “We can’t be like those German professors who spend their whole lives studying the fuzz on a bee.”  They Made America is eminently practical – but more than anything, it is history to inspire. (Back Bay Books)

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