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Against the Odds: An Autobiography Hardcover – 30 Jun 1997

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Business Books; 1st edition (30 Jun. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752809814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752809816
  • Package Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"extended and re-issued, Dyson's autobiography is an engaging piece of work... His career is recounted in an infectious, hands-on style..." -- The Times, 10 February, 2001

A frank and engaging account of one man's journey from rags to riches, all because of a very good idea. -- Creative Review, February, 2001

An excellent read about a rather excellent product, its history, development and inventor. -- M2 Communications, November 14, 2001

Dyson sheds light on the 'invention process' in this autobiography, which humorously traces his growth... -- Scotland On Sunday, January 28, 2001

Dyson's autobiography, describes his achievements in refreshingly honest terms. -- The Times, February 24, 2001

James Dyson's autobiography is an engaging piece of work. -- Sunday Times, February 11, 2001

James Dyson's story is an object lesson in how companies who overlook the value of design do so at their peril. -- Terence Conran

The book shows just how great an inventor Dyson is, with inspriation greater than Brunel and Edison. -- Docklands News, February, 2001

This autobiography caught me by surprise. Never in my wildest dreams had I thought a book about a vacuum cleaner could be so entertaining. -- Australian Financial Review

This is a book against the traditional way of doing business. -- Daily Telegraph

This is a truly inspirational British success story about a hero of technology for the modern age. -- Blackpool Gazette, January 6, 2001 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Author

It must have been some time in 1979 that I first heard the words, "But, James, if there were a better kind of vacuum cleaner, Hoover or Electrolux would have invented it." That was when I left the first company I had set up - gave up security, income and respectability - and persuaded an old friend to come in with me on a project I was developing in the pigsties behind my home. After hundreds of prototypes, thousands of modifications, and millions of tests, I was in terrible debt, but in love with the Dual Cyclone. By 1997 I had a company turning over #100 million in the UK, and had generated sales of more than #1 billion worldwide. This is the story of how I did it. (JAMES DYSON, from the Preface) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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