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Irvin

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  • Bunch of Amateurs: A Search for the American Character

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jack Hitt
    • Narrated By Peter Colburn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    America’s self-invented tinkerers are back at it in their metaphorical garages - fiddling with everything from solar-powered cars to space elevators. In Bunch of Amateurs, Jack Hitt visits a number of different garages and has written a fascinating book that looks at America’s current batch of amateurs and their pursuits. Beginning with Ben Franklin’s kite and leading all the way to the current TV hit American Idol, Hitt argues that the nation’s love of self-invented obsessives has always driven the country to rediscover the true heart of the American dream.

    terry says: "Wanders a Bit"
    "Worse book I have ever read"
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    What would have made Bunch of Amateurs better?

    Researched facts, avoided unsubstiated generalizations. From opening premse, manufactured a thesis and forced data into it. Can't comment on the conclusion as I was so fed up with the con job in the first several chapters I quit.


    What could Jack Hitt have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Went to a movie instead of writing this book...or better yet, offer me my money back.


    Any additional comments?

    Can I have my money back? I'd get more by buying a lottery ticket.

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