Against the Odds: An Autobiography

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The inspiring autobiography of James Dyson, the countryÂ's leading entrepreneur and inventor, and how he succeeded against all the odds. Dyson's freewheeling account of his struggles, failures and successes is interspersed with his insights on how to turn an inspired idea into a household name. Also includes an updated chapter that reveals the details of the latest TOP SECRET Dyson appliance. Against the Odds will inspire engineers, inventors, and entrepreneurs and appeal to ...

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Overview

The inspiring autobiography of James Dyson, the countryÂ's leading entrepreneur and inventor, and how he succeeded against all the odds. Dyson's freewheeling account of his struggles, failures and successes is interspersed with his insights on how to turn an inspired idea into a household name. Also includes an updated chapter that reveals the details of the latest TOP SECRET Dyson appliance. Against the Odds will inspire engineers, inventors, and entrepreneurs and appeal to readers around the world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587991707
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 3/19/2003
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

James Dyson is an inventor and the founder of Dyson Appliances. He invented the Dual Cyclone, the country¿s biggest selling vacuum cleaner. He is also a board member of the Design Council. He lives in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.

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Table of Contents

Preface Introduction 1. Swallows and amazons, sand dunes and bassoons 2. Learning to dream 3. The fastest piece of plywood in the world 4. Improving on the wheel 5. Betrayal over a ball 6. It really was no miracle, what happened was just this 7. Inside the cyclone 8. In the land of the blind 9. Double vision 10. Have you got a license for that? 11. Short chapter, big deal 12. We ruv G-Force! - Japan to the rescue 13. Alien invasion 14. Freedom 15. The Dyson Dual Cyclone 16. A little more ludism 17. This week's highest new entry 18. Say goodbye to the bag 19. Genetic engineering 20. Coals to Japan 21. A new philosophy of business 22. Coming to America Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2005

    Stories of an Innovator: Building the Better Vacuum Cleaner

    This book is subtitled 'an autobiography,' but it isn't really about James Dyson, the man. It is about James Dyson, the inventor and designer who conquered the vacuum cleaner market. The difference? Dyson includes everything that might explain his success as an inventor, but gives only limited attention to his personal or interior life. Dyson briefly mentions some crucial points, like the strain his ongoing travels put on his marriage, or his wonderment at his companies' many lawsuits, but if you're seeking a man's inside emotional story, this isn't it. However, if you're looking for an exciting account of an inventor who proceeds, as Dyson puts it, in an Edisonian fashion, read this book. We recommend it to anyone engaged in design, engineering, marketing or innovation. The stories it contains, especially the descriptions of inspiration or frustration - are refreshing in this theoretical age, as is his advice on creating and marketing innovative products. Dyson's book proves that a vital place still exists for individual vision and old-fashioned perseverance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2005

    Crisp, witty, hard-hitting, and inspiring for any would-be entrepreneur

    I got this book as a gift. I thought 'oh no, not an autobiography', but after reading some 20 pages or so, I was hooked. To me, it was less about one person's life and more about what the ingredients are to turning your dreams into a successful life. The most inspiring parts in the book were about how he overcame strong voices of condemnation and many different mishaps along the way. Also, how he turned what some would describe as Abject Failures into Valuable Lessons that paid dividends years later. For those of us who have started our own business and failed, Dyson clearly shows that the experience can be used to great personal advantage later. Excellent book.

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