INGENIOUS is an old-fashioned tale of American invention — the story of a small group of tinkerers, garage hackers, racers, and entrepreneurs who tried to do something they were told was impossible. Here’s a brief trailer:

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Here are some kind things that reviewers have said.

“A paean to the long-lost American art of invention, ‘Ingenious’ is a story that has all the built-in drama of the best fiction. It’s driven by characters that are, by turns, whip smart and wide-eyed and desperate, and a plot to achieve a seemingly unobtainable goal.”
The Orange County Register

“A well-told tale of invention, tribulation, and, yes, ingenuity. Car and green enthusiasts alike, from high school nerds to old-time readers of Popular Mechanics, will find this a ripping good tale.”
Library Journal

“Anyone interested in how automobile dreams are born in this postbailout economy will delight in this fast, engaging read.”
Publisher’s Weekly

“A well-tooled, instructive tale of ingenuity.”
Kirkus

“An entertaining book that offers insight and inspiration for a wide range of [readers] who could be thinking about inventing ‘something that matters.'”
Booklist

Slate excerpt

Mother Jones excerpt: THE ABYSS OF LIGHTNESS

Mother Jones Q&A

Longreads excerpt: HOW TO SPEND YOUR ENTIRE INCOME BUILDING A CAR THAT MUST TRAVEL 100 MILES ON A SINGLE GALLON OF GAS

Philadelphia magazine excerpt: WEST PHILLY’S QUEST FOR THE AUTOMOTIVE X PRIZE

Biographile Q&A: INNOVATION AND THE LITTLE GUYS

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