In 1945, Milton Reynolds introduced the ballpoint to the United States and triggered the biggest single-day shopping riot in history at Gimbels in Manhattan. The Reynolds International Pen Company made $5 million in eight weeks during the first non-wartime Christmas season. Thereafter, increasing competition from established companies such as Eversharp triggered several years of the "Pen Wars". An exuberant entrepreneur who had already made and lost several fortunes, Reynolds bragged that he "stole it fair and square". This novel is told from Jim's, his mild-mannered son's, point of view about coping with Milton's outrageous schemes then their sudden success.
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A decent read, but just not stimulating enough
I just couldn't get that interested in the primary character, Milton. I realize that this was basically a true representation of him and the author was "using" what was available. However, he was such a shallow and selfish man that the story, for the most part, was just not very enjoyable to me. I know that people have much worse father's than Milton was; thankfully their are many who are much, much better (if not much poorer- financially speaking).
The scrambling that Milt did in order to be the first to the U.S. market with the ballpoint pen and the early weeks of sales were both very interesting. These two areas of the book are where the real value was located. In fact, these sections are very solid. I believe I will occasionally remember some of these details as I grab a pen for many years to come.
I received this e-book for free in exchange for an unbiased review.
Good storytelling, mediocre writing
- Steven Dupont