Ballpoint: A Tale of Genius and Grit, Perilous Times, and the Invention that Changed the Way We Write (Paperback)
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Ballpoint: A Tale of Genius and Grit, Perilous Times, and the Invention that Changed the Way We Write (Paperback)

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Paperback 200 Pages / Published: 13/09/2012
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L szli B-ri's last name is, in much of the world, a synonym for his revolutionary writing tool. But few people know that B-ri began his career in interwar Budapest as a journalist frustrated with spotty ink; that he escaped fascism by fleeing to Paris and, finally, to Buenos Aires; that a fellow Hungarian, Andor Goy, also played a vital role in the pen's development; and that, in a tragic twist of shared fate, business pressures and politics ultimately deprived both men of their rights to the ballpoint pen. A fascinating life story and history.

Publisher: New Europe Books
ISBN: 9780982578117
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 277 g
Dimensions: 229 x 153 x 14 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"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."
--Maclean's

"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 L szl B r 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 L szl B r 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

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