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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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Robert
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • 04-24-17

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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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

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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Detailed

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

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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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An underestimated genius

This book depected Nikoala's life and work in a broad and magnificent, and hopefully fair, way.
The book's name does some it very well.
I have nothing to say more than that this book showed me how underappreciated Nikola was.

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Fascinating account of the life of a genius

This is a historical account of Nicola Tesla's life. The book is a must for anyone wishing to know the history behind all the modern necessities of life we take for granted every day.

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Informative and good listen

Very good listen. Decent detail. Good way to start learning or learn something new about Nikola Tesla

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Tremendous Tesla

Loved listening to be educated and enthralled by a great narrator and terrific story of one of the greatest minds the world has ever known. The audio book covers Tesla from cover to cover leaving no stone unturned.

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Tesla Unveiled

Rather long and sometimes complex and definitely not for the scientifically faint of heart but a thoroughly satisfying portrait of a figure who is often regarded as mysterious, mainly because history largely ignores him. The reader did a commendable job of emulating the accents of the various people whose comments and correspondence the author quoted.