Summary of Who Built That
From WHO BUILT THAT: AWE-INSPIRING STORIES OF AMERICAN TINKERPRENEURS by Michelle Malkin. Copyright © by Michelle Malkin. Reprinted by permission of Threshold Editions/ Mercury Inc, a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
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Part history lesson and part political treatise, this collection of biographies about highly prolific but often lesser-known American inventors takes direct aim at President Barack Obama’s 2012 assertion that business owners need help from government-funded programs. Conservative pundit and best-selling author Michelle Malkin punctuates her detailed portraits of ambitious US “tinkerpreneurs” with assertions about how the United States’ historic support of patents and intellectual property rights facilitated the development of new products and systems. Some students of history and economics may find gaps in her interpretations, and some readers may find the book’s political asides a little jarring, but everyone can enjoy learning how everyday Americans changed the world with their ideas. While always politically neutral, getAbstract recommends Malkin’s engrossing mini-biographies especially to readers who seek a sincere, impassioned defense of free market capitalism.
In this summary, you will learn
- How American inventors devised innovative products and mechanisms,
- How the “profit motive” and strong patent and intellectual property laws facilitate invention, and
- How recent changes in US patent laws harm “tinkerpreneurs.”
About the Author
Michelle Malkin writes nationally syndicated columns for Creators Syndicate and blogs at michellemalkin.com. Her 2009 book Culture of Corruption was a New York Times bestseller.
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