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Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla: Biography of a Genius | [Marc J. Seifer]

Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla: Biography of a Genius

Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), credited as the inspiration for radio, robots, and even radar, has been called the patron saint of modern electricity. Based on original material and previously unavailable documents, this acclaimed book is the definitive biography of the man considered by many to be the founding father of modern electrical technology.
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Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), credited as the inspiration for radio, robots, and even radar, has been called the patron saint of modern electricity. Based on original material and previously unavailable documents, this acclaimed book is the definitive biography of the man considered by many to be the founding father of modern electrical technology. Among Tesla's creations were the channeling of alternating current, fluorescent and neon lighting, wireless telegraphy, and the giant turbines that harnessed the power of Niagara Falls.

©1996 Marc J. Seifer (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Seifer's vivid, revelatory, exhaustively researched biography rescues pioneer inventor Nikola Tesla from cult status and restores him to his rightful place as a principal architect of the modern age." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Richheimer México, Mexico 07-09-12
    Richheimer México, Mexico 07-09-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Boring, very boring."

    A biography, doubtless very accurate, full with endless and absolutely uninteresting details about meetings with just about everybody in Tesla's life, their conversations, opinions, gossip, maneouvers, commings and goings. This book is surely a good Master's or Doctoral work, but I would suggest a shorter version for a literary work.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    M. Blair TX 04-27-12
    M. Blair TX 04-27-12 Member Since 2009
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story isn't exactly what you would call "chock full" of interesting information about Tesla and his inventions, it's more about his interactions with blustery blowhards like J.P. Morgan.

    I know more about his emotional affair with Katherine Johnson than I do his patents.

    I love history, but this is a dry read (er, listen) and it's like taking a masters level course. Friends ask me why I don't just stop, but I have so much invested in it already, and it's a bit of a Sisyphean task at this point.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not this. I need something lighter.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Simon Prebble?

    Simon Pegg?


    What character would you cut from Wizard?

    Katherine Johnson.


    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Robinson Detroit, Michigan, USA 12-05-12
    Ruth Robinson Detroit, Michigan, USA 12-05-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Fascinating Book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Wizard to be better than the print version?

    A very interesting read


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