O'Reilly logo

Business of Innovation by Russell Radford, Roger Bean

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

CHAPTER TWO

THE MIRACLE OF SYSTEMS

SPARSE SNOWFLAKES COASTED ON THE sharp wind of a December 16 evening. The familiar seaport odor hung in the air, commingled with the wood smoke of a thousand fireplaces, night soil, and garbage. The waterfront was a hard place, and it was cold. But the men who crowded Boston’s Congress Street were not cold. They were heated, loud, and single-minded. These passionate but responsible men would not be swayed from their purpose. A full-blown protest was under way, and the fire showed no sign of burning out soon.

Taxes were as polarizing a topic in 1773 as they are today—more so, even—but in Colonial America, no avenues remained for peaceful disagreement. The citizens of Boston represented the extremes of colonial ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required