ix, 630 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
A very special young man -- Polaroid is born -- One-step photography -- A consumer curiosity? -- Color -- Absolute one-step photography -- The big push -- the bigger divide -- Aladdin emerges -- The coming storm -- A fight for survival -- Kodak's view -- The battle is joined -- Early skirmishes in discovery -- Searching for the facts -- Kodak's big assault -- Land joins the fray -- The long, slow road to the courthouse -- The final turn -- Over the precipice -- Land's day in court -- The cross-examination -- After the main event -- Kodak's defense -- The battle of the experts -- The waiting game -- Victory at last -- The hammer falls harder -- Aftermath -- Epilogue
Edwin Land was perhaps the most important yet least known inventor and technology entrepreneur in American history. Land's most famous achievement was the creation of a revolutionary film and camera system that could produce a photographic print moments after the picture was taken. Fierstein takes you behind the scenes of this reclusive genius's legal battles over intellectual property: Polaroid versus Kodak.