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Nikola Tesla, a Serbian immigrant, invented the radio, the induction motor, the neon lamp, and the remote control. His breakthrough came in alternating current, the basis of the electric grid and long-distance electrical transmission. This pitted him against Thomas Edison's direct current empire, and bitter patent battles ensued.

But Tesla's technology was superior, and eventually, he prevailed. Unfortunately, he had no business sense and could not capitalize on this success. His most advanced ideas were unrecognized for decades: 40 years in the case of the radio patent; longer still for his ideas on laser beam technology.

Tesla's personal life was magnificently bizarre. Strikingly handsome and impeccably dressed, he was germophobic and never shook hands. He required nine napkins when he sat down to dinner. In later years, he ate only white food and conversed with the pigeons in Bryant Park. This clear, authoritative, and highly enjoyable biography takes account of all phases of this remarkable life.

©2018 Richard Munson (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Great easy read. I loved it!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a very good read and educational. I knew practically nothing about Tesla. I actually thought he was from Russia and that he did all this work in Russia. Well I was completely surprised. He was also a man of the ages and it is good to see that he was also a simple human with the same foibles that we all have and struggle with. I wish he could have done better but it is what it is.

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Electrifying

There was no struggle to finish this book. The information was connective and relative to all those involved with the electric and technological convieneces in which we enjoy today. I would have not have picked this novel as a topic of interest, with no regrets, I'm glad that I was influenced to do so. A novel that influences feelings of thankfulness that an inventor, intellectual, and dedicated scientist never ceased to further our lives by creating technological advances.

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A great look at a great man.

Tesla is a great listen, even my 11 year old son asked me to keep listening on a recent car trip.