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Kirkpatrick Sale is a contributing editor for The Nation and the author of nine previous books, including Dwellers in the Land: The Bioregional Vision, Conquest of Paradise: Christopher Columbus and the Columbian Conquest, and Rebels Against the Future: The Luddites and Their War on the Industrial Revolution. He is the secretary of the E. F. Schumacher Society.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Fulton, Robert, 1765-1815, Marine engineers United States Biography, Inventors United States Biography, Steamboats History