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
"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)
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.
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.
Not this. I need something lighter.
A very interesting read
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