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

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Publisher's Summary

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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    J. Grablowski Detroit, MI USA 06-12-17
    J. Grablowski Detroit, MI USA 06-12-17 Member Since 2016

    "Your criticism sounds as if you have read too many critical books and are too smart in an artificial, destructive, very limited way."

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    "Maybe good for a research paper, but..."

    Having just finished an excellent trilogy of books about Teddy Roosevelt by Edmund Morris, the reviewer realizes that an excellent and well documented biography can also be a page-turning adventure. Considering the fascinating subject matter, this book falls flat on its stupid face. Includes a mulllion facts about Tesla in a haphazard and unremarkable fashion. This sucker is a horse tranquilizer. The sections regarding the Morgan correspondence letters elevate it from a one star status, but considering this man invented a death ray and I felt like I was slogging through to finish it tell you all you need to know.

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    Mark 05-31-17
    Mark 05-31-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Worth the Listen"

    Quite a comprehensive account of Tesla...and I wouldn't have wanted it any other way. At times the story became tediously detailed, but then it made sense as to why.

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    David C. Peters Osaka, Japan 05-21-17
    David C. Peters Osaka, Japan 05-21-17 Member Since 2017

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    "Deeply unsatisfying book"

    My Serbian grandmother always said that were related to Tesla, so I was quite excited to find this book. However, I'm very disappointed.

    This is story of Tesla lacks in a critical aspect to Tesla's life and work. When discussing Tesla's scientific claims, Mr Seifer does not address whether such claims are plausible or not under current scientific theory.
    Further, when he discusses Tesla's mental health issues, he doesn't seem to have obtained advice from experts in the field.
    So to me this work seems very amateurish.
    This book would have well served if it was properly edited to remove a lot of name dropping and other trivia.

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    Maya H Saric Newtown, NSW, AU 05-04-17
    Maya H Saric Newtown, NSW, AU 05-04-17 Member Since 2013
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    "so interesting and easy to listen to "

    I have listened to this book over many months a chapter at a time because there is did much to absorb and consider. i never stopped wanting to find out more about him.

    the science has been presented so clearly so I could, without having any science training, still see the impact of his ideas.

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    Duane Leishman Los Luna's NM. 05-03-17
    Duane Leishman Los Luna's NM. 05-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Awssume!!! Denied Recognition For A Century. 😊"

    A century Of Unrecognized​ Genius
    In His Time . This Bio Is An Account Of His Acts Large And Small!!! Loved It!!!

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    Robert Chicago, IL, United States 04-24-17
    Robert Chicago, IL, United States 04-24-17
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    "Interesting dive into history from Tesla's side"

    As someone that was aware of Tesla but not steeped in the details this was very interesting and eye opening book. Very brilliant history. Another reminder that success is not entirely determined by brilliant ideas - marketing, practicality, and execution are just as important.

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    Charles Stapleton 04-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Too much erroneous information"

    Contained too much background information about things not related to Tesla. I don't care about the family tree of the maid that cleaned his hotel room once. I want to know about Tesla. The book could have been about 50% shorter.

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    thomas fort madison, IA, United States 04-14-17
    thomas fort madison, IA, United States 04-14-17 Member Since 2013
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    "just a history of who's who"

    well narrated, book is basically about tesla being broke and whining to rich people for money. no real technical detail kind of disappointed.

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    Patrick 03-08-17
    Patrick 03-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Detailed"

    Very well researched and well read. The depth of research brings the story to life.

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    Jonathan 03-02-17
    Jonathan 03-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Love Tesla history"

    Great way to learn about Tesla but this book seems like it could use some straightening out of the timeline and some cuts to the length. I felt like I was losing interest in the later third of it.

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