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

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You're driving on a deserted road when your car dies. Your cell phone isn't getting service. All you have on hand are a gum wrapper and a wire hanger.

Or maybe you're living in a building without central air conditioning in July. You can't afford an AC; all you have access to are a fan and a bucket of water.

In such times of desperation, many have called upon the symbol of all that is inventive, the hero who ...

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Overview

You're driving on a deserted road when your car dies. Your cell phone isn't getting service. All you have on hand are a gum wrapper and a wire hanger.

Or maybe you're living in a building without central air conditioning in July. You can't afford an AC; all you have access to are a fan and a bucket of water.

In such times of desperation, many have called upon the symbol of all that is inventive, the hero who awed thousands with his cool, quick wit: "What would MacGyver do?" they ask.

For anyone who has ever wished they could channel the 1980s action-adventure icon comes this clever collection of forty-five true stories, commemorating the use of improvised genius to solve everyday problems. Inspired by television's Angus MacGyver (played by Richard Dean Anderson), a secret agent who relied on his brains and scientific prowness—not to mention duct tape and a Swiss Army knife—to save the day, 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). 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.

For anyone who's ever wished they could channel the 1980s action-adventure icon comes this clever collection of 45 true stories, commemorating the use of improvised genius to solve everyday problems. Unabridged. 1 MP3 CD.

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Editorial Reviews

Esquire
This new collection is not strictly for geeks (although geeks will not be disappointed) . . . .
Entertainment Weekly
Wanna escape nuclear disaster using just a paper clip? What Would MacGyver Do? collects real-life tales of ingenuity with everyday objects.
The Palm Beach Post
An extremely entertaining read and a way for you to tap into your inner Mac. . . . Most of the stories are cool gems.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452289291
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 12/18/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.09 (w) x 7.56 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

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

An AudioFile Earphones Award winner and Audie Award finalist, Patrick Lawlor is also an accomplished stage actor.

In addition to narrating audiobooks, Shelly Frasier has appeared in many independent film and theater projects in Arizona and southern California, and she has developed character voices for animation projects and done voice-over work for commercials.

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  • Posted March 7, 2010

    Just for the fun of it.

    I picked up this book just for the fun of it. Not an intellectual read, but insightful. People cannot always buy what they need. In a time when people are in need...sometimes ingenuity and a little desperation give you inspiration. This book lets you believe that giving it your best can give you the results needed to get you out of a tight spot. With a good sense of humor, this book will make you smile and chuckle at what people do, what people are willing to do. Find the Macgyver in you, read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    Watch macgyver before you read the book

    And maybe you wouldnt say things like "fail". Many of macgyver's improvisations were not possible, but they were based in fact. This book takes those facts and shows real life ingenuity in the vein of macgyver. Read this book!

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    Posted July 26, 2012

    Fail

    This book suuuuuuuuuuuuuuucccccccccccccccccccccccckkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkksssssssssssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:(?

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