,/tr>

S k a t e L o g
Inline Skating and Quad Roller Skating
Editor: Kathie Fry

Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Email    

SKATING AROUND THE WORLD: Africa - Asia - Europe - Oceania - Pan America
Home --> Books --> Code Name Ginger: The Story Behind Segway and Dean Kamen


Roller Derby Books

Roller Derby Videos



SkateLog editor Kathie Fry
Kathie Fry, Editor

Venice Beach
What I Saw Skating in Venice Beach

Start Here
Beginners
Articles
Countries
Events
Skaters
Site Map
Skating Styles
Aggressive
Artistic
Fitness
Ice
Naked
Hockey
Recreation
Skateboard
Speed
- [View More]
Equipment
Skates
Wheels
Bearings
Protective Gear
Helmets
Maintenance
Accessories
- [ View More]
Community
Message Board
Chat Room
Newsletter
Regional
Countries
Local Clubs
Group Skates
Skate Tours
Media
Books
Magazines
Movies
Posters
Video Clips
Videos
Video Games
More Topics
Beginners
Deaths
Health Issues
History
How to Skate
Hydration
Injuries
Legal Issues
Lessons
Nutrition
Organizations
Police Skating
Safety
Sports Medicine
Travel
Web Sites
Where to Skate
- [View More]

Site Map
Quick Start
Search

"Code Name Ginger"
The story behind the Segway scooter and Dean Kamen

Steve Kemper's 2003 book tells the controversial story behind the Segway scooter and its inventor Dean Kamen, who proclaimed that his new invention - nicknamed "Ginger" - would be the primary mode of transportation in 10 years.

Code Name Ginger

Buy "Code Name Ginger" At Amazon.com


BOOK TITLE: "Code Name Ginger"
AUTHOR: Steve Kemper
PUBLISHER: Harvard Business School Press
DATE PUBLISHED: June 2003
BINDING: Hard Cover
NUMBER OF PAGES: 336
FULL TITLE: "Code Name Ginger: The Story Behind Segway and Dean Kamen's Quest to Invent a New World"


From Publisher's Weekly:
When, in 1999, journalist Kemper started following the efforts of Dean Kamen to invent a new type of transportation device, he could hardly have known the story would turn out to be at once enormous and tiny. Kamen, inventor of the Uber-hyped Segway (a two-wheeled scooter with an impressive self-balancing system), was already wealthy from earlier inventions (e.g., portable dialysis machines, drug-infusion pumps) when he set his boutique engineering firm to work on the Segway (or "Ginger"). Shrouded in secrecy from the beginning, the project quickly took on a messianic quality, with Kamen proclaiming Ginger would be the primary mode of transportation in a decade. The combination of a cool, mysterious new toy with the timing of the late years of the Internet gold rush created a venture capital feeding frenzy, with figures like Steve Jobs and Jeff Bezos clamoring to be a part of project Ginger. Kemper's rigorously fair-minded book, which gives all due credit to Kamen and his team, also records Ginger's endless delays, brought about by what he casts as a mixture of Kamen's egomaniacal hubris and his company's inability to think in practical terms (the project was shockingly far along before anyone considered what state regulators might think of the new vehicles that would soon vie for space on sidewalks). The last act is well known. Kemper's book proposal gets leaked and a media circus swirls around the secret world-changing project, only to collapse in a welter of "That's it?" disappointment. The result is a book that is eye-opening and heartbreaking.

From Book News:
American journalist Kemper tells the inside story of inventor Kamen's self-balancing, electric-powered people mover, unveiled in 2001. He was granted exclusive journalistic access to the project as the machine was designed, prototyped, and readied for manufacture.Copyright 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

About the Author
Bio of Author Steve Kemper

More Book Reviews and Previews
"Changing the World" by Dave Karlotski
Richard Collins August 2003 Review
Washington Post June 2003 Review


Buy "Code Name Ginger" At Amazon.com



Related Links
Skating Books - Main Menu
Skating in 100 Countries
All Skating Articles
Translate Any Web Site or Phrase



Skating in Africa | Skating in Asia | Skating in Europe | Skating in Oceania | Skating in The Americas


SkateLog Forum

Michael, Kathie, and Glenn in Venice Beach
Join our friendly international skating community
Inline Skate Shop

Roller Skate Shop


SkateLog Forum

Michael, Kathie, and Glenn in Venice Beach
Join our friendly international skating community


Skating In: Albania | Andorra | Asia | Austria | Estonia | Europe | Norway | Liechtenstein | Portugal | United_Kingdom

Skating Topics: Aggressive | Articles | Artistic | Bearings | Beginners | Books | Clubs | Countries | Countries | Events | Fitness | Forum | Group Skates | Health | Helmets | History | Hockey | Hydration | Ice | Injuries | Ice | Legal | Lessons | Magazines | Sports Medicine | Naked | Nutrition | Organizations | Police | Posters | Protective Gear | Safety | Skateboardingl | Skaters | Skates | Travel | Video Clips | Video Games | Videos | Web Sites | Wheels | Where to Skate


Recreation
SkateLog Forum
SkateLog.com
Scuba Doll
Hawaiian Music
Ask About Sports
Web Site Editor
Kathie Fry Dot Com
Pictures of Kathie
Venice Beach Skating
U.S. States
Arizona for Visitors
California for Visitors
Hawaii for Visitors
Nevada for Visitors
New Mexico for Visitors
U.S. Cities
Los Angeles for Visitors
Miami for Visitors
Do It In Long Beach
Continental Travel
Do It In Africa
Do It In Asia
Do It In Europe
Do It In Oceania
Do It In The Americas
More World Travel
Travel Guides International
Vietnam for Visitors
Do It In Thailand