The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope

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The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope

by William Kamkwamba

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | July 19, 2010 | Trade Paperback

The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope is rated 5 out of 5 by 2.

William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, a country where magic ruled and modern science was mystery. It was also a land withered by drought and hunger. But William had read about windmills, and he dreamed of building one that would bring to his small village a set of luxuries that only 2 percent of Malawians could enjoy: electricity and running water. His neighbors called him misala-crazy-but William refused to let go of his dreams. With a small pile of once-forgotten science textbooks; some scrap metal, tractor parts, and bicycle halves; and an armory of curiosity and determination, he embarked on a daring plan to forge an unlikely contraption and small miracle that would change the lives around him.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Windis a remarkable true story about human inventiveness and its power to overcome crippling adversity. It will inspire anyone who doubts the power of one individual''s ability to change his community and better the lives of those around him.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.07 × 5.3 × 0.78 in

Published: July 19, 2010

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061730335

ISBN - 13: 9780061730337

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Refreshing true to life story A great uplifting tale, I enjoyed every page!
Date published: 2009-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Important Book! This is a book about passion for life. William Kamkwamba lives a life of gratitude in conditions that are unimaginable for most North Americans. In spite of this (or possibly because of this) he is determined to live and to learn - in the absence of any of the typical societal supports that we enjoy. He is blessed with a family who believes in him sacrificially - which is in contrast to the community censure that he needs to overcome. His determination is not to create fame or fortune. His primary goal is to do something to make life better for his family and his community. His journey is awesome. It combines hard work with incredible fortunate coincidence. It will leave the reader with a better understanding of life in a developing country - as well as a sense of awe in the face of human accomplishment.
Date published: 2009-10-27

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The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope

by William Kamkwamba

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.07 × 5.3 × 0.78 in

Published: July 19, 2010

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061730335

ISBN - 13: 9780061730337

About the Book

This immensely engaging tale relates how an enterprising teenager in Malawi builds a windmill from scraps he finds around his village and brings electricity--and a future--to his family.

From the Publisher

William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, a country where magic ruled and modern science was mystery. It was also a land withered by drought and hunger. But William had read about windmills, and he dreamed of building one that would bring to his small village a set of luxuries that only 2 percent of Malawians could enjoy: electricity and running water. His neighbors called him misala-crazy-but William refused to let go of his dreams. With a small pile of once-forgotten science textbooks; some scrap metal, tractor parts, and bicycle halves; and an armory of curiosity and determination, he embarked on a daring plan to forge an unlikely contraption and small miracle that would change the lives around him.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Windis a remarkable true story about human inventiveness and its power to overcome crippling adversity. It will inspire anyone who doubts the power of one individual''s ability to change his community and better the lives of those around him.

About the Author

William Kamkwamba was a 2007 TED Global Fellow and a finalist for the Tech Museum Award. He is a student at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Editorial Reviews

"William will challenge everything you have thought about Africa, about young people, and about the power of one person to transform a community. This beautifully written book will open your heart and mind. I was moved by William and his story and believe you all will. Essential, powerful and compelling." (Chris Abani, author of Graceland)