Dream Reaper: The Story of an Old-Fashioned Inventor in the High-Tech, High-Stakes World of Mo dern Agriculture (Sloan Technology Series)

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9780679412724: Dream Reaper: The Story of an Old-Fashioned Inventor in the High-Tech, High-Stakes World of Mo dern Agriculture (Sloan Technology Series)

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.

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Craig Canine has worked as an editor for Newsweek magazine, Rodale Press, and Harrowsmith Country Life and now works as an editor at Meredith Corporation.

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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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