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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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  • 27-05-2015

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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  • mike moore
  • 06-06-2015

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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  • 07-10-2015

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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  • R. E. Miller
  • 30-08-2015

For lover's of "I pencil"

Michelle's "I Toilet Paper" alone is worth the price. I used to use the example of "One click purchase" as a patent I felt was too obvious. I may have to rethink that as this book helped me appreciate that someone had to think up the idea of putting TP on a roll... and rightfully received a patent for it!

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  • David
  • 18-07-2015

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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  • Harrydan
  • 13-07-2015

Important things to remember.

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

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  • Elena L.
  • 22-03-2021

Outstanding book

I really loved this book by Michelle Malkin. It is filled with stories of American investors, and Michelle's brilliance is shining through. She is very patient about America. Her stories are very convincing, and her performance is superb. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Alexander the Conqueror
  • 22-07-2020

Great book about Entrepreneurship in the U.S.

This book venerates the entrepreneur and the original patent system in America. It celebrates innovation and the country that has been at the forefront of such innovation with interesting and informative exposes. Definitely worth a listen. It is read by the author which makes it even better, as Malkin is good at everything she does.

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  • snoopynwoodstock
  • 21-07-2020

Perfectly narrated

Perfectly narrated, interesting well written stories, Michelle Malkin is defiantly on the top of my list of great authors who’s style keeps the book enjoyable.

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  • Lois E. Danielson
  • 05-06-2018

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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  • Christopher
  • 26-06-2015

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.

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