Author: Brendan Vaughan
Published: Hudson Street Press, 2006
Summary: You're driving on a deserted road when your car dies. Your cell phone isn't getting service. All you have on hand are a gum wrapper and a wire hanger.
Or maybe you're living in a building without central air conditioning in July. You can't afford an AC; all you have access to are a fan and a bucket of water.
In such times of desperation, many have called upon the symbol of all that is inventive, the hero who awed thousands with his cool, quick wit:What would MacGyver do? they ask..
For anyone who's ever wished they could channel the 1980s action-adventure icon comes this clever collection of forty-five true stories, commemorating the use of improvised genius to solve everyday problems. Inspired by television's Angus MacGyver (played by Richard Dean Anderson), a secret agent who relied on his brains and scientific prowess - not to mention duct tape and a Swiss Army knife'to save the day, the "MacGyverisms" recounted range from the concrete (using Chex Mix to provide traction in an icy parking lot) to the intangible (saving a relationship with the perfect turn of phrase). (Taken from Goodreads)
Thoughts: I wasn’t originally going to write anything about this book but as I was reading through it I kept thinking more things about the book and so I wanted to talk about this book and what I thought of it.
For starters, the title and cover are so misleading it isn’t funny. Yeah sure, these are stories where some people act on a whim but so many of them were things that weren’t really what I would consider to be genius.
Most of the stories were things that people would do given those situations. For example, one woman’s boyfriend was panicking and considered opening the emergency door on an aeroplane as they were in the air, so she got up and asked a ‘good looking buff’ guy to help her subdue said boyfriend.
While the idea is an interesting one I feel that the execution wasn’t that great. In all honesty I don’t think that MacGyver would be all that impressed by the majority of stories in this book. I know that personally, while I found them entertaining I didn’t think they were suited to the book.
At the end of the day, I feel like this is an entertaining, short read that is probably worth reading if you’re passing time somewhere such as waiting on a bus or elsewhere you need to fill in time. Do not expect this to be MacGyver like situations though or you will be very disappointed.