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A Nation of Innovators


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Alec Foege is the author of Right of the Dial: The Rise of Clear Channel and the Fall of Commercial Radio, Confusion Is Next: The Sonic Youth Story, and The Empire God Built: Inside Pat Robertson's Media Machine. A former Rolling Stone contributing editor and People magazine senior writer, Foege lives in Connecticut.


"Anyone who is interested in innovation in the U.S. today and the challenges to continued success in innovation will find [The Tinkerers] a worthwhile read." --Chemical & Engineering News "[The Tinkerers] provides a fine and lively discourse on the art and finer science of 'tinkering.'" --Midwest Book Review "[Foege hopes] to inspire people to incorporate more of the tinkering mindset into their everyday lives--and the lives of their children." --American Scientist "The Tinkerers is both tribute and rallying cry... [The Tinkerers] is an intriguing look at America's clashing cultures of individualism, capitalism, and creativity, one that poses valuable questions." --San Francisco/Sacramento Book Review "An easily read, entertaining and enlightening book about the prototypical American tinkerers whose curiosity and creativity have brightened all of our lives." --Post and Courier "Alec Foege explores the United States' tinkering heritage and then follows this perpetually cutting-edge endeavor to present-day America showing the value of an age-old means of bringing new ideas to the marketplace." --Roanoke Times "A celebratory exploration of American tinkerers and the spirit of innovation that moves them...[a] lucid meditation on innovation... [Foege] effectively argues that real tinkerers need their own space and the freedom to fail... Tinkering remains a force to be reckoned with in the 21st century... Laudatory history mixed with a provocative treatise on creating neat new things." --Kirkus Reviews "Once you acquire the tinkerer's mindset, as described in Alec Foege's engrossing book, the world becomes a gigantic spare parts bin, inviting you to become a creative participant, rather than a passive consumer, in your manufactured environment." --Mark Frauenfelder, Editor-in-Chief, MAKE "Tired of all the over-hyped, same-sounding books on 'innovation'? Here's a smart, fresh, fascinating take on why 'tinkering' is such a deep part of American enterprise--and how it is fundamental to shaping our economic future." --Alan M. Webber, co-founder, Fast Company magazine "For anyone who likes to question, pull things apart, and put them back together, this book is for you!" --Tiffany Shlain, Filmmaker & Founder of the Webby Awards "[A]n entertaining, easy-to-understand, engaging tale... You can't help being fascinated by some of the details [Foege] uncovers... The Tinkerers grabs your attention from page one, and doesn't let go until the end." --USA Today "[Foege] shows us how tinkering remains, in new and unexpected forms, at the heart of American society and culture." --Boing Boing "The Tinkerers by Alec Foege is a highly worthwhile read on the extraordinary history, impact and revival of the American tinkerer spirit." --Book Kvetch "An enthusiast's book about enthusiasts... [A] kaleidoscopic view of the myriad forms innovation can take. Alec Foege's book is a useful contribution to understanding our era." --Nature "Foege still believes in tinkering, and so should we." --Fortune.com "At a time when domestic manufacturing is in decline and the national mood is somewhat grim, Foege makes a case that a return to tinkering might show us the way forward." --New Yorker, Page-Turner blog "An easily enjoyable read." --Goodreads.com "Thought-provoking" --Publishers Weekly

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