Ballpoint: A Tale of Genius and Grit, Perilous Times, and the Invention That Changed the Way We Write

Ballpoint: A Tale of Genius and Grit, Perilous Times, and the Invention That Changed the Way We Write

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Paperback, Random House Inc, 2012, ISBN13 9780982578117, ISBN10 0982578113
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The triumphs and the trials of the men who invented the modern ballpoint pen as they battled corporate greed, dark eras--and each other.
Laszlo Biro's last name is, in much of the world, a synonym for his revolutionary writing tool. But few people know that Biro 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. Taking us from Hitler's Europe in 1938, to Argentina, where Biro settled, and to Communist-era Hungary, where Goy lived out his life, "Ballpoint" is a painstakingly researched, absorbing narrative that reads simultaneously like a work of history and a novel.

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Number of Pages: 198
Original Languages: English
Author: Evans, David Robert ,  Moldova, Gyorgy
Book Format: Paperback
Publisher: Random House Inc
ISBN-13: 9780982578117
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.25 x 0.50 Inches
ISBN-10: 0982578113
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