This is the story of a dreamy Ohio school boy who could not excel at his studies, tired from arduous farm work, limited by his somewhat poor vision. This is the story of a man who not only became a classics scholar but one of the most influential inventors of the century. Charles Kettering, inventor of the internal combustion engine, considered himself to be nothing but a grease monkey. Yet so significant was his work that he became not only a respected member of the world of science, but was also put in a position of great authority by industry, and in 1917 became president and general manager of the General Motors Research Corporation. An informal and interesting biography of particular interest to mechanically-minded readers, Kettering emerges here as an inventor of outstanding consequence and a human being of unusually high calibre.