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Bunch of Amateurs - A Search for the American Character

Jack Hitt

WHAT IS IT THAT DRIVES THE SUCCESS OF AMERICA AND THE IDENTITY OF ITS PEOPLE? ACCLAIMED WRITER AND CONTRIBUTING EDITOR TO THIS AMERICAN LIFE JACK HITT THINKS IT'S BECAUSE WE'RE ALL A BUNCH OF AMATEURS. America's self-invented tinkerers are back at it in their metaphorical garages-fiddling with everything from solar-powered cars to space elevators. In Bunch of Amateurs, Jack Hitt visits a number of different garages and has written a fascinating book that looks at America's current batch of amateurs and their pursuits. From a tattooed young woman in the Bay Area trying to splice a fish's glow-in-the-dark gene into common yogurt (all done in her kitchen using salad spinners) to a space fanatic on the brink of developing the next generation of telescopes from his mobile home, Hitt not only tells the stories of people in the grip of a passion but argues that America's history is bound up in a cycle of amateur surges. Beginning with Ben Franklin's kite and leading all the way to the current TV hit American Idol, Hitt argues that the nation's love of self-invented obsessives has always driven the country to rediscover the true heart of the American dream. Amateur pursuits are typically lamented as a world that just passed until a Sergey Brin or Mark Zuckerberg steps out of his garage (or dorm room) with the rare but crucial success story. In Bunch of Amateurs, Hitt argues that America is now poised to pioneer at another frontier that will lead, one more time, to the newest version of the American dream.

WHAT IS IT THAT DRIVES THE SUCCESS OF AMERICA AND THE IDENTITY OF ITS PEOPLE? ACCLAIMED WRITER AND CONTRIBUTING EDITOR TO THIS AMERICAN LIFE JACK HITT THINKS IT'S BECAUSE WE'RE ALL A BUNCH OF AMATEURS. America's self-invented tinkerers are back at it in their metaphorical garages-fiddling with everything from solar-powered cars to space elevators. In Bunch of Amateurs, Jack Hitt visits a number of different garages and has written a fascinating book that looks at America's current batch of amateurs and their pursuits. From a tattooed young woman in the Bay Area trying to splice a fish's glow-in-the-dark gene into common yogurt (all done in her kitchen using salad spinners) to a space fanatic on the brink of developing the next generation of telescopes from his mobile home, Hitt not only tells the stories of people in the grip of a passion but argues that America's history is bound up in a cycle of amateur surges. Beginning with Ben Franklin's kite and leading all the way to the current TV hit American Idol, Hitt argues that the nation's love of self-invented obsessives has always driven the country to rediscover the true heart of the American dream. Amateur pursuits are typically lamented as a world that just passed until a Sergey Brin or Mark Zuckerberg steps out of his garage (or dorm room) with the rare but crucial success story. In Bunch of Amateurs, Hitt argues that America is now poised to pioneer at another frontier that will lead, one more time, to the newest version of the American dream.
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WHAT IS IT THAT DRIVES THE SUCCESS OF AMERICA AND THE IDENTITY OF ITS PEOPLE? ACCLAIMED WRITER AND CONTRIBUTING EDITOR TO THIS AMERICAN LIFE JACK HITT THINKS IT'S BECAUSE WE'RE ALL A BUNCH OF AMATEURS. America's self-invented tinkerers are back at it in their metaphorical garages-fiddling with everything from solar-powered cars to space elevators. In Bunch of Amateurs, Jack Hitt visits a number of different garages and has written a fascinating book that looks at America's current batch of amateurs and their pursuits. From a tattooed young woman in the Bay Area trying to splice a fish's glow-in-the-dark gene into common yogurt (all done in her kitchen using salad spinners) to a space fanatic on the brink of developing the next generation of telescopes from his mobile home, Hitt not only tells the stories of people in the grip of a passion but argues that America's history is bound up in a cycle of amateur surges. Beginning with Ben Franklin's kite and leading all the way to the current TV hit American Idol, Hitt argues that the nation's love of self-invented obsessives has always driven the country to rediscover the true heart of the American dream. Amateur pursuits are typically lamented as a world that just passed until a Sergey Brin or Mark Zuckerberg steps out of his garage (or dorm room) with the rare but crucial success story. In Bunch of Amateurs, Hitt argues that America is now poised to pioneer at another frontier that will lead, one more time, to the newest version of the American dream.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Peter Colburn

Length:

10h 36m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:14


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:57


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:52


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:53


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:51


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:34


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:41


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:20


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:23


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:35


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:12


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:00


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:50


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:33


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:29


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:48


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:14


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:19


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:42


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:12


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:43


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

09:02


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:35


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:20


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:35


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:40


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:05


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:21


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:17


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:03


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:07


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:20


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:28


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:58


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

09:46


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:00


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:20


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:08


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:00


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:28


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:59


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:07


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:27


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:12


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:43


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:21


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:25


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:46


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

02:57


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:37


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

09:10


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

09:37


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:51


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:18


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:10


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:56


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:28


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:24


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:10


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:50


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:52


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:06


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:48


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:17


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:37


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

09:31


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:55


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:43


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:53


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:42


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:06


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:06


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:06


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:00


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:38


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

09:08


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

09:04


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:43


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:58


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

09:14


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:26


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:07


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:02


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:07


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:15


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

09:55


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

08:29


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

08:11


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:52


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

09:39


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

08:00


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:18


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

06:01


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:16


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

07:15


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

07:37


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

00:31