- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: New Europe Books; Reprint edition (August 7, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0982578113
- ISBN-13: 978-0982578117
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,850,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ballpoint: A Tale of Genius and Grit, Perilous Times, and the Invention that Changed the Way We Write Reprint Edition
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"Mr. Moldova tells this tale of ingenuity and disappointed hopes with considerable verve; his book is a page-turner." -- The Wall Street Journal
"Fascinating. . . . [Ballpoint] cleverly traces the squiggly road of two men . . . who struggled, at first as partners and later as rivals, to invent, manufacture and profit from this most quotidian of writing instruments. . . . There's a deliciously voyeuristic feel to this fast-paced . . . work, as if you're eavesdropping on a family conversation."
--Winnipeg Free Press
"In terms of history-making inventions, the ballpoint pen is no electric light bulb, but its story is far wilder."
"Ballpoint reads like a fast-paced mystery. Although we know from the start that its technological protagonist--the ballpoint pen--will triumph, we find ourselves repeatedly surprised by the story's unfolding episodes of international intrigue, financial deception, and legal shenanigans."
--Henry Petroski, author of The Pencil and The Essential Engineer
"Part biography, part historical novel, this fascinating book tells the remarkable story of László Bíró and Andor Goy, the two Hungarians who made the first workable ballpoint pen and who, despite the resounding success of their product, earned almost nothing from it."
--John Emsley, author of Molecules of Murder and The Elements of Murder
"The tale of László Bíró and Andor Goy . . . is a wonderful illustration of the role that human passions, foibles, and genius play in shaping the world around us."
--Robert Friedel, author of Zipper: An Exploration in Novelty
About the Author
György Moldova is one of Hungary's most successful—and prolific—writers, and he is respected in particular for his achievements on the nonfiction front. He has earned the Kossuth Prize, Hungary's most prestigious literary honor, and his work has been translated into many languages, including English, German, Russian, and Chinese. He is the only Hungarian author to have achieved sales of 600,000 copies, and he continues to fare well in the country's bestseller lists to this day. Born in 1934, he lives in Budapest with his family. The author lives in Budapest.
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I've always taken the ballpoint for granted, so it was poignant to read how much the inventors went through and how little they got out of it. Made me angry at the people who cheated them. But it helped put a perspective on things. I work in design and years back, after I was retrenched, my partner stole my idea, entered it for an award - and won, and got a better job. He didn't even credit me. So reading about Biro & Co gave me a better appreciation.