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    Ingenious (Library Edition): A True Story of Invention, Automotive Daring, and the Race to Revive America (CD-Audio) By (author) Jason Fagone, Narrator Adam Verner

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    DescriptionIn 2007, the X Prize Foundation announced that it would give $10 million to anyone who could build a safe, mass-producible car that could travel one hundred miles on the energy equivalent of a gallon of gas. The challenge attracted more than one hundred teams from all over the world, including dozens of amateurs. Many designed their cars entirely from scratch, rejecting decades of thinking about what a car should look like. Jason Fagone follows four of those teams from the build stage to the final race and beyond--into a world in which destiny hangs on a low drag coefficient and a lug nut can be a beautiful talisman. The result is a gripping story of crazy collaboration, absurd risks, colossal hopes, and poignant losses. In an old pole barn in central Illinois, childhood sweethearts hack together an electric-powered dreamboat, using scavenged parts, forging their own steel, and burning through their life savings. In Virginia, an impassioned entrepreneur and his hand-picked squad of speed freaks pool their imaginations and build a car so light that you can push it across the floor with your thumb. In West Philly, a group of disaffected high school students come into their own as they create a hybrid car with the engine of a Harley motorcycle. And in Southern California, the early favorite--a start-up backed by millions in venture capital--designs a car that looks like an alien egg. "Ingenious" is a joyride. Fagone takes us into the garages and the minds of the inventors, capturing the fractious yet beautiful process of engineering a bespoke machine. Suspenseful and bighearted, this is the story of ordinary people risking failure, economic ruin, and ridicule to create something vital that Detroit had never pulled off. As the Illinois team wrote in chalk on the wall of their barn, "SOMEBODY HAS TO DO SOMETHING. THAT SOMEBODY IS US."

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    Ingenious (Library Edition)
    A True Story of Invention, Automotive Daring, and the Race to Revive America
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jason Fagone, Narrator Adam Verner
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 165 mm
    Height: 165 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 340 g
    ISBN 13: 9781452646930
    ISBN 10: 1452646937

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.0
    BIC E4L: SOC
    B&T Merchandise Category: AUD
    B&T General Subject: 750
    BIC subject category V2: JF
    BISAC V2.8: SOC000000
    DC22: 629.222
    BISAC V2.8: TEC057000
    Ingram Subject Code: JN
    Libri: I-JN
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/21CNTY
    BISAC V2.8: TEC009090
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 57400
    BISAC V2.8: TRA001000
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS036070
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    LC classification: TL151.6 .F34 2013B
    Edition statement
    Library ed
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Imprint name
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Publication date
    05 November 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Old Saybrook, CT
    Author Information
    Jason Fagone writes about science, sports, and culture. His work has appeared in "Wired," "GQ," "Men's Journal," the "New York Times Magazine," and other publications. He is the author of "Insatiable: Competitive Eating and the Big Fat American Dream." Adam Verner is a full-time narrator and voice talent with over one hundred titles recorded. He is the recipient of "AudioFile" Earphones Awards for "Pavilion of Women" by Pearl S. Buck and "The Big It" by A. B. Guthrie, Jr.
    Review quote
    "[Verner's] near perfect phrasing and articulation make every syllable clear." ---AudioFile