“The Rise and Fall of American Growth” – A story in Graphs and Tables.

This post is part of a series of articles I’m writing based on the book “The Rise and Fall of American Growth” by Robert J. Gordon.

The book tells the compelling story of societal and technological progress over hundred years starting 1870 to 1970. As major discoveries and technologies such as electricity and the combustion engine made their way into products, as homes got access to clear water, sewages, heating, refrigerations and many other appliances, as the health great improved new scientific and medical discoveries, a recognizable picture of the modern world emerged by the 1940s.

As I read this book, I found that the best way of showing Gordon’s thesis was through a compilation of its various figures and tables. I have therefore took the time to annotate them and list them below in the same order as they appear in the book, so that you could look at them in their whole and better visualize how transformative the hundreds years since 1870 have been. The author also argues that the main impact of the revolution ended by the 1970s, and the so-called 3rd revolution in ICT (Information and Communication technologies) has had an underwhelming effect on our economy, and only so during the 1994-2004 decade.

This selection of pictures is from the first 9 chapters of the book. Click on any picture to see this in slideshow mode. I would great appreciate any comments you would have on these.

This post is a work in progress.

See my previous post on the references contained in the book.


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