THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND (2010)

WILLIAM KAMKWAMBA AND BRYAN MEALER


“William Kamkwamba’s achievements with wind energy should serve as a model of what one person, with an inspired idea, can do to tackle the crisis we face. His book tells a moving and exciting story.” – Al Gore, former Vice President and Nobel Laureate

“This is an amazing, inspiring and heartwarming story! It’s about harnessing the power not just of the wind, but of imagination and ingenuity. Those are the most important forces we have for saving our planet. William Kamkwamba is a hero for our age.” – Walter Isaacson, author of Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, and Steve Jobs

“This book is inspirational. What William did took nothing more than initiative and a little learning, yet he changed his village and his life. There’s never been a better time to Do It Yourself, and I love how much we can learn from those who often have no other choice.” – Chris Anderson, editor in chief of Wired and author of Free and The Long Tail

“I first met William on stage at TED.... His story, told in just a couple of minutes, was both astonishing and exhilarating. This book proves what those few minutes hinted at: a remarkable individual capable of inspiring many to take their future into their own hands.” – Chris Anderson, TED Curator

“This book.... is a testament to the power of a dream and the freedom that comes from accomplishing a sustainable way of life. Read this book, act on its message and pass it on.” – Carter Roberts, President & CEO, WWF

“This exquisite tale strips life down to its barest essentials, and once there finds reason for hopes and dreams, and is especially resonant for Americans given the economy and increasingly heated debates over health care and energy policy.” – Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A powerful read. This book takes you on a journey to discover pure innovation and the unfolding story of a natural genius. A true vision of struggle and tenacity to make a bold idea become a reality. This should be required reading for anyone who dares to dream.” – Cameron Sinclair, Eternal Optimist, Architecture for Humanity

“A moving, touching, important story. One more reminder of how small the world is and how powerful the human spirit can be.”– Seth Godin, author of Tribes

“Beyond opening the door to a nascent genre of African Innovation literature, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind makes excuses about why Africans can’t change their fates untenable. This potent, powerful, and uplifting message is the heart of William Kamkwamba’s courageous story.” – Emeka Okafor, internationally acclaimed author of blogs Timbuktu Chronicles and Africa Unchained

“ In this book, the spirit, resilience and resourcefulness that are Africa’s greatest strengths shine through.... The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a remarkable story about a remarkable young man and his inquisitive and inventive mind.” – Amy Smith, founder, D-Lab, MIT

“I loved this enchanting story of a humble young hero from an impoverished African village who accomplished a miracle with scrap materials and unstoppable enthusiasm. What an inspiration!” – Mark Frauenfelder, founder of boingboing.net, editor in chief of MAKE

“A rare and inspiring story of hope in rural Africa....William represents a new generation of Africans, using ingenuity and invention to overcome life’s challenges. Where so many tilt at windmills, William builds them!” – Erik Hersman, AfriGadget.com

“An inspiring tale of an African Cheetah--the new generation of young Africans who won’t sit and wait for corrupt and incompetent governments—or vampire states— to come and do things for them. Here is one who harnessed the wind to generate electricity for his village—on his own.” – Professor George Ayittey, Distinguished Economist, American University

“William Kamkwamba is an alchemist who turned misfortune into opportunity, opportunity beyond his own. The book is about learning by inventing. William’s genius was to be ingenious.” – Nicholas Negroponte, founder, MIT Media Lab, founder and chairman, One Laptop per Child

“The book abounds with themes that resonate deeply: the idea that with hard work and persistence comes triumph; that optimism is not a mental state but a type of action, that from grief and loss can come success.” – Nathaniel Whittemore, Change.org