The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind : Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope

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William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, a country where magic ruled and modern science was mystery. It was also a land withered by drought and hunger. But William had read about windmills, and he dreamed of building one that would bring to his small village a set of luxuries that only 2 percent of Malawians could enjoy: electricity and running water. His neighbors called him misala crazy but William refused to let go of his dreams. With a small pile of once-forgotten science textbooks; some scrap metal, tractor parts, and bicycle halves; and an armory of curiosity and determination, he embarked on a daring plan to forge an unlikely contraption and small miracle that would change the lives around him. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a remarkable true story about human inventiveness and its power to overcome crippling adversity. It will inspire anyone who doubts the power of one individual's ability to change his community and better the lives of those around him."

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  • Paperback | 290 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 340.19g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations, colour illustrations, maps
  • 0061730335
  • 9780061730337
  • 69,649

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An inspiring tale of an African Cheetah--the new generation of young Africans who won t sit and wait for corrupt and incompetent governmentsor vampire states to come and do things for them. Here is one who harnessed the wind to generate electricity for his villageon his own. --Professor George Ayittey, Distinguished Economist, American University"

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