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Firebrand conservative columnist, commentator, Internet entrepreneur, and number-one New York Times best-selling author Michelle Malkin tells the fascinating, little-known stories of the inventors who have contributed to American exceptionalism and technological progress.

In July 2012 President Obama infamously proclaimed, "If you've got a business - you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."

Malkin wholeheartedly disagrees. Who Built That is a rousing tribute to the hidden American capitalists who pioneered everyday inventions. They're the little big things we take for granted: bottle caps and glassware, door hinges and staples, tissue paper, flashlights, railroad signals, rotary printing presses, bridge cables, and more.

Malkin takes listeners on an eclectic journey of American capitalism, from the colonial period to the Industrial Age to the present, spotlighting awe-inspiring and little-known "tinkerpreneurs" who achieved their dreams of doing well by doing good. You'll learn how Paul Revere became America's first tech titan; how famous patent holders Abraham Lincoln and Mark Twain championed the nation's unique system of intellectual property rights; how glass-manufacturing mavericks Edward Libbey and Mike Owens defied naysayers to revolutionize food, beverage, and pharmaceutical packaging; how penniless Croatian immigrant Anthony Maglica started his $400 million Maglite flashlight business in a rented garage; and many more riveting stories that explain our country's fertile climate for scientific advancement and entrepreneurship.

To understand who we are as people, we need first to understand what motivates America's ordinary and extraordinary makers and risk takers. Driven by her own experience as a second-generation beneficiary of the American dream, Malkin skillfully and passionately rebuts collectivist orthodoxy to celebrate the engineers, mechanics, designers, artisans, and relentless tinkerers of all backgrounds who embody our nation's spirit of self-made entrepreneurialism.

©2015 Michelle Malkin (P)2015 Simon & Schuster

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  • Mattapoisett, Morocco
  • 05-27-15

Marvelous

It's an in depth look at the stories behind those that achieved miracles in the face of those who would stop them to attain wealth and power.

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The best stories are true

We stand on the shoulders of giants. Let's remember to reach higher and not instead try to crush their necks with our boots.

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  • 10-07-15

History every American should know

History every American should know.
Full of good stories to make the point free people better the world around them.

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Great book!

So many interesting stories. I especially love the essay entitled "I Toilet paper." This is a great listen, and you'll want to invent something yourself after listening to this book.

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Important things to remember.

Very good book. This book should be required reading for junior high and high school students.

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Inspiring.

This book was interesting and reminded me to continue thinking outside the box and to do what will be good for me and my nation even if it doesn't fit normal standards. Great work required great effort and to think.

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Loved this book

This was great. Totally agree with Mrs Malkin when she talks about how mad it made her when she heard "You did not build that" from Obama. I was furious, it really goes to show how this progressive liberal movement just wants to expand government to stay in power. This book brings to light the history of successful people and what hard work with taking advantage of opportunities can really bring to the American Dream. Thank you for writing this!

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Tales of trial and success renews appreciation for American manufacturing

Michelle Malkin has a real appreciation for American exceptionalism and the astonishing ingenuity and creativity American entrepreneurs and inventors uniquely displayed during its history.

Anyone learning about these courageous humans that at times sacrificed everything to create things to make our world a better place will walk away with a new sense of appreciation and awe.

"Who Built That" tells the stories of American manufacturing heroes whose stories will inspire and motivate its readers to put their own "shoulders to the wheel" and reclaim America as the hub of worldwide industrial success.

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Take tha Obama!!

I was deeply offended by the presidents smug remarks about "you didn't build that". As someone who's working towards becoming self employed he wasn't there with me when I had hardly anything to eat and the despair I dealt with. The isolation the cheating girlfriend. All the pain that comes with higher pursuits. This book demonstrated how ignorant he is and how he anti-American he is by taking for granted all the numerous areas which are crafted by people like me that benefit our country as a whole.

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A bit of a snore

I love Michelle Malkin but this book was a little boring and her delivery didn't help on the reading of the book. I loved the first chapter about the flashlight, then the glass and the wire guys, but I think it got boring and repetitive after that.

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  • 06-26-15

Too much on too few subjects

Very difficult book to write and will never suit all but I thought it concentrated too much on topics I was personally not to interested in.
Hope there is a follow up on more subjects.
Worth listening to and good narration.