The Lego Story: How a Little Toy Sparked the World's Imagination

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Mariner Books
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6.22 X 9.13 X 1.18 inches | 1.55 pounds

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About the Author
Jens Andersen is an award-winning Danish author and literary critic whose works include acclaimed biographies of Hans Christian Andersen and Astrid Lindgren. He has a Ph.D. in Nordic Literature from Copenhagen University. Jens lives in Denmark and writes for several Danish newspapers.

"This compelling cultural history of the Danish company that revolutionized toys for children and adults draws from the author's unique access to Lego's archives and interviews with its former president." -- New York Times Book Review

"The LEGO Story is absolutely essential reading for every LEGO fan. If you know nothing about the company and founding family's history, then this is the perfect starting point. If you already know a lot of it, then this is packed with new information that you haven't heard before. Whatever you do though, make sure you finish any urgent build projects before you start reading - this pacey, enjoyable book is really hard to put down." -- Blocks

"This book tells the story of how my family built the LEGO brand." -- Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, former President/CEO of the LEGO Group and 3rd generation owner

"How did stackable plastic blocks made by a Danish toy company become as ubiquitous in America as Tylenol and Kleenex? The Lego Story starts with the Christiansen family's Great Depression-era decision to switch from carpentry to toys in order to stay afloat and brings us to the present." -- Vulture, "6 Books You Should Read This Month"

"LEGO owner Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen spills all in [this] authorized biography. ... Charting 90 years of LEGO history, complete with archival photographs, The LEGO Story goes beyond the life and times of Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen to detail how his grandfather Ole Kirk first started the LEGO Group in 1932. Along the way, Andersen recounts how the Kristiansen family transformed the company from a small carpentry business into a world-leading toy manufacturer." -- Brick Fanatics

"A welcome gift for the LEGO lover in the family and a revealing work of business history." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Charming. ... Andersen does a great job showing the company's lasting power through 90 years of change, and the archival photos are a treat. This will delight business history buffs." -- Publishers Weekly

"Those interested in LEGO history will find this book comprehensive and will enjoy interviews, photos, and the evolution of a toy legend." -- Booklist

"In this extraordinary inside look at LEGO, Jens Andersen tells the fascinating story of how a Danish family transformed a small carpentry business into the world's largest producer of play materials. ... The LEGO Story is a richly illustrated, inside look into how innovation and creativity helped redefine the meaning of play - and established LEGO as one of the world's most beloved brands." -- J.P. Morgan NextList citation