The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind LP

Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope

By William Kamkwamba; Bryan Mealer
(HarperLuxe, Paperback, Large Print, 9780061884986, 442pp.)

Publication Date: October 2009

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William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, a land withered by drought and hunger, a place where hope and opportunity were hard to find. But William had read about windmills and dreamed of building one that would bring his family electricity and running water, luxuries that only two percent of Malawians could afford. He used scrap metal, tractor parts, and bicycle halves to forge a crude machine that eventually powered four lights, complete with homemade switches and a circuit breaker made from nails and wire. A second windmill turned a water pump that could battle the drought and famine looming with every season.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind will inspire anyone who doubts the power of one individual's ability to change his community and better the lives of those on an entire continent.

About the Author
William Kamkwamba ( was born in 1987 and grew up near the village of Wimbe in central Malawi. A recent graduate of Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, he is a TED Fellow and IDEO Fellow, and has been a speaker at conferences and universities throughout the United States and the world. His work is supported by the Moving Windmills Project, a nonprofit group that funds Malawian-run rural economic development and education projects (

Bryan Mealer ( is the author of Muck City: Winning and Losing in Football s Forgotten Town and All Things Must Fight to Live: Stories of War and Deliverance in Congo, and has worked as a journalist for the Associated Press and Harper s. He is also the coauthor, with William Kamkwamba, of the original edition of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, which is a New York Times bestseller and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. He lives with his family in Austin, Texas.
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