What Would MacGyver Do?: True Stories of Improvised Genius in Everyday Life

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Plume, Dec 18, 2007 - Humor - 194 pages
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A clever collection of true stories celebrating real-life 'MacGyverisms'

For anyone who's ever wished they could channel 1980s action-adventure icon Angus MacGyver - a secret agent known for relying on his brains, scientific prowess, duct tape, and a Swiss Army knife to save the day - this unique collection commemorates the use of improvised genius in everyday life. The 'MacGyverisms' recounted range from the concrete (using Chex Mix to provide traction in an icy parking lot) to the intangible (saving a relationship with the perfect turn of phrase). Divided by theme, the book features over forty true accounts in all - some by well-known writers, including Chuck Klosterman and A. J. Jacobs, most by ordinary people.

Edgy, entertaining, and smirk-to-yourself funny, these masterfully told stories reveal that, with a little luck and a lot of ingenuity, you can 'MacGyver' yourself out of virtually any predicament.

'This new collection is not strictly for geeks (although geeks will not be disappointed) . . . .'
- Esquire

'Wanna escape nuclear disaster using just a paper clip? What Would MacGyver Do?collects real-life tales of ingenuity with everyday objects.'
- Entertainment Weekly

'An extremely entertaining read and a way for you to tap into your inner Mac. . . . Most of the stories are cool gems.'
- The Palm Beach Post

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User Review  - 2wonderY - LibraryThing

This is a really bad effort! It seems there were lots and lots of story submissions, but the editorial choices weighed witty and word smart higher than whether the story even came close to being a ... Read full review

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User Review  - murderbydeath - LibraryThing

I love love love MacGyver and was very excited to get this book. While all of the stories were entertaining, quite a few of them would not strictly fall under the category of "MacGyverisms". Still, a ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Brendan Vaughan is an articles editor at Esquire magazine and the winner of a National Magazine Award for New Media.

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