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

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Steerforth Press, Aug 21, 2012 - Science - 224 pages
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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.

László Bíró's last name is, in much of the world, a synonym for his revolutionary writing tool. But few people know that Bíró 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 Bíró 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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Interesting little book on the development of the ballpoint pen. A sort of biography of Laszlo Biro, who came up with a workable model of a ballpoint pen. Regretfully, this was just before the start ... Read full review


Cover About the Author About the Translator Title Page Copyright Dedication Epigraph Preface
Chapter 1
Chapter 3
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 11
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Chapter 27

Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 19
Chapter 28
Chapter 29
Chapter 30
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György Moldova is one of Hungary's most successful—and prolific—writers, and he is respected in particular for his achievements on the nonfiction front. He has earned the Kossuth Prize, Hungary's most prestigious literary honor, and his work has been translated into many languages, including English, German, Russian, and Chinese. He is the only Hungarian author to have achieved sales of 600,000 copies, and he continues to fare well in the country's bestseller lists to this day. Born in 1934, he lives in Budapest with his family. The author lives in Budapest.

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