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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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    T. A. O. 11-05-17
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    "Facinating, cautionary, frustrating and inspiring"

    Exceptionally well researched and thorough account of this amazing man's life. Long, but worth it.

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    alan hosch 10-30-17
    alan hosch 10-30-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Magnificent Composition and Performance"

    A man out of time; Tesla's impact has been all encompassing and yet remains to be seen. This book better documents his true and practical achievements. It also gives strong evidence of both a Morgan Conspiracy and an ongoing OAP/CIA Conspiracy to suppress, hide, and classify information, devices, and documents. The book offers the reader a reason to appreciate and respect the man apart from his myth.

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    Abbas 10-07-17
    Abbas 10-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A wizard ahead of his time"

    This book depicted Nikola's life and work in a broad and magnificent, and hopefully fair, way.

    The book title sums it up kind of well.

    I have nothing more to say but that this book showed me how underappreciated Nikola was.

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    Mark Laskow Stahlstown, PA 09-29-17
    Mark Laskow Stahlstown, PA 09-29-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Scientific Illiteracy"

    The book stumbles along as a reasonably detailed biography of Tesla. Tesla's story is engaging, the author's storytelling less so. Then the enterprise collapses at the finish line in a jumble of Freudian nonsense and scientific ignorance. The author did not need to be an expert in electronics to write this book, but at the end he unnecessarily jumps into the technical thicket. Saddly, it is the reader who feels the pain.

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    Amazon Customer 09-13-17 Member Since 2014
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    "The History Is Stellar"

    You have to wonder what would more he could have done with full support! I love this story.

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    Christian 09-08-17
    Christian 09-08-17
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    "My perception on Tesla changed"

    He was definitely a brilliant mind. The author gives a full an accurate picture of the legendary inventor.

    Tesla is so much more than what we casually hear on the streets.

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    J 09-07-17
    J 09-07-17
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    "Tesla was clearly way ahead of his time!"

    This book will teach you that Tesla was so far ahead of his time that he was considered crazy. It will also show you how both corporate American and the Government will suppress brilliance to protect profits and supposedly the American people. Definitely not a book that will keep you on the edge of your seat, but it provides very good information about one of the most brilliant inventors of all time who does not receive the recognition that he should. It will make you wonder what Tesla would have accomplished if he could have finished his Wardenclyffe Tower and why others like JP Morgan were afraid of it.

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    Kratos 08-19-17
    Kratos 08-19-17 Member Since 2014
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    "not a great introductory book on Tesla"

    This book was comprehensive of Tesla but I found myself getting lost in the story quite frequently. i knew very little about him and was interested in his biography because he was such an interesting visionary especially if his age.

    it was hard to get a good tine perspective of when the events were happening - they jumped back and forth from events quickly. When talking about his inventions they went enough in depth that you would definately loose focus but not enough where you could explain the invention to someone else.

    the book also tried to explain his relationships with women and fellow inventors, difficult to follow because the stories didnt feel very linear.

    think if you had additional information on tesla this book would help tie it together. for just a curiosity pick it was not a very enjoyable read. story felt choppy.

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    M. Turner 08-18-17
    M. Turner 08-18-17
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    "Tesla was ahead of his time"

    Telsa was a visionary genius and I enjoyed learning more about him. However, I found that some of the technical descriptions were harder to grasp just audibly. I would have preferred top have had their physical book to review sooner of the more complex concepts.

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    Ingmar Lindström USA 08-05-17
    Ingmar Lindström USA 08-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great narration!"

    Great and thorough book with a add Great narration. I enjoyed and recommend to fellow "readers".
    Thank You!

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