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Why Do We Have to Reinvent Everything? by Lisa Landtroop explores the question from the title in a long essay and a personal reflection. The premise of the book is constructed around the idea that there are two types of people: doers and tinkerers. While the people in the latter category are the ones who feel the need to reinvent everything, the former is the category that actively contributes to the efficient running of society. The book is organized into eight chapters, each exploring the idea of reinvention from various angles: how necessity leads to invention; the creative burst behind solving problems; or the need to improve existing products, concepts and things. The book leads to one question: are the people who (re)invent after recognition or are they are simply wired that way?
Why Do We Have to Reinvent Everything? by Lisa Landtroop is easy to read and understand. It is written interactively as if the author is constantly talking to the reader. This gives the book a spoken rhetoric feel, thus making it accessible to a wide audience. The chapters are well-organized and relevant for the overall theme. There are also a few personal opinions about some aspects of reinventing such as when enough is enough or about the moral implication of the desire to make things better and being the first to do it. The book doesn’t pretend to be exhaustive of this subject matter, but is a light read of a profound subject that can make you reflect on your own take on the subject.