The only journalist granted complete access to the "Ginger project" -- the invention of the world’s first self-balancing, electric-powered personal transportation device -- Steve Kemper takes readers inside a world of ingenious engineering with his buzzed-about investigation, Code Name Ginger -- selected as a 2003 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick.
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West Hartford, Connecticut
Date of Birth:
November 25, 1951
Place of Birth:
B.A., University of Detroit, 1973; Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 1980
Steve Kemper's official web site
|Discovering Great New Writers|
|Code Name Ginger: The Story Behind Segway and Dean Kamen's Quest to Invent a New World|
"It's an unusual occurrence for us to feature a business book in the Discover program, say our Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers editors, "but Steve Kemper's riveting account of a modern-day invention offers a perfect segue between the history of an idea and great storytelling. It also provides irrefutable evidence to the contrary for those who think that tales of eccentric inventors can only be found in the pages of dusty history books."
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|Everyone's a Critic|
|In our exclusive interview with Kemper, he remembers one of his earliest reviews with amusement: "When my younger son Alex, 11, saw the first copy of Code Name Ginger, he stared, then said, 'That’s it? After all the time you spent on it' -- more than three years -- 'it should be a lot bigger.'” |
|Kemper's Favorites||Kemper's Reading Recommendations|
|Coming into the Country|
John A. McPhee
In our interview, Kemper talked with us about the books that have made an impact on him, among them John McPhee's Coming into the Country. "When I was learning how to write and report, I studied and parsed and dissected everything by McPhee, learning the craft of literary journalism at his knee," Kemper recalls.
|The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)|
Mark Twain, Robert O'Meally (Introduction)
We asked Kemper to tell us about some of his favorite books. He put Twain's classic on his list, saying, "If you haven't read this in a while, you're depriving yourself." Read on to learn more about Kemper's reading recommendations, including:
|Photo by Marion Ettlinger||