Dream Reaper follows Mark Underwood, farmer and inventor, and his salesman cousin as they strive to perfect and market Mark's breakthrough invention, the Bi-Rotor combine.
"This intriguing tale weaves together the creativity and ingenuity of an inventor and the hurdles he and his partner face in selling and producing what appears to be an amazingly efficient Bi-Rotor combine."—Science News
"Canine writes with style and flourish. . . Dream Reaper is a riveting journey into America's heartland, where necessity is the mother of invention—and hard work, conviction, and sacrifice are its lifeblood."—People Magazine
"Canine deftly interweaves the story of the two men's struggles with a history of the mechanization of agriculture. This lively account of men working under pressure, improvising repairs and demonstrating the new machine, is also a story of courage that illustrates the barriers facing an independent inventor."—Publishers Weekly
"Craig Canine's Dream Reaper is a delight. It's an important book, rich with history and stories. It brings our most essential industry—farming—into new perspective. Reading it made me want to get out a crop."—Bobbie Ann Mason
A volume in the Sloan Technology Series. The series presents to a general audience highly readable accounts of the development of 20th century technologies and the ways these have shaped and are shaped by society.
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Mark Underwood and his cousin Ralph Lagergren have pooled their talents and their funds to bring to market Mark's invention, an innovative harvester they hope will take the farm industry by storm. The author takes readers through the saga of the cousins' struggles: raising capital, obtaining patents, and presenting the harvester to a long line of corporate suitors. Illustrations.From Library Journal:
Canine tells the story of farmer Mark Underwood, who invents a harvesting machine called the Bi-Rotor combine, and his salesman cousin, Ralph Lagergren, who perseveres in getting publicity for the combine and finding a company willing to manufacture it. This extraordinary machine outperforms other combines in wet and dry conditions and provides new perspectives on designing and building harvest machinery. The dreams that motivate the cousins to devote their lives to their combine's success and the personal disappointments that impede them are powerfully described in Canine's narrative. Neglected families, the need for continued funding, recruiting and retaining workers to build the prototype, engineering and design glitches, and broken promises by duplicitous corporations take their toll on the inventor and his team. An Iowan publishing his first book, Canine contrasts the mechanical genius of Underwood with the lives of earlier farmer-inventors, like Cyrus McCormick, who transformed American agriculture over the past 150 years. A well-written history about the inventions that modernized farming and the human factors that both motivate and hinder an inventor's creativity; for public and academic collections.?Irwin Weintraub, Rutgers Univ. Libs., Piscataway, N.J.
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Descripción The University of Chicago Press, United States, 1997. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. 2nd ed.. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. To all outward appearances, Mark Underwood is an ordinary Kansas dirt farmer, but in fact he is a mechanical genius, a Thomas Edison of agriculture who has built a revolutionary new reaper that someday may change the way grain is harvested throughout the world. Mark and his cousin Ralph Lagergren, a salesman and marketing specialist, have pooled their disparate talents to bring Mark s reaper to market. Dream Reaper is the story of the Bi-Rotor combine - from paper nearly to production line - a suspenseful, ongoing thirteen-year saga in which the cousins encounter all the obstacles that any inventor faces: the complexities of raising capital and obtaining patents, the technical glitches, the obligatory secrecy, and the toll that any consuming obsession takes on one s private life. Craig Canine, who followed the cousins and their Bi-Rotor team closely for four years, gives us as well the historical context for the phenomenon of Whitey: the enormous changes that America has gone through as it has come of age on the farm and moved to the city. He recounts the reaper wars between Mark s nineteenth-century ancestors, the inventors Cyrus McCormick and Obed Hussey; the tractor battles between Henry Ford and International Harvester; and that legacy of the chemical warfare production of World War I, the modern pesticide. He shows us how these inventions transformed the Jeffersonian ideal of an agrarian society, and led to the creation of agribusiness and to a manufacturing industry dominated today by a few giant corporate players where once there were hundreds of small competitive firms an industry that, ironically, is dauntingly inhospitable to the maverick inventor. Nº de ref. de la librería BTE9780226092652
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