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

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Citadel Press, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 542 pages
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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, Wizard is the definitive biography of the man considered by many to be the founding father of modern electrical technology. Wizard reveals the details of Tesla's struggles with competing contemporary inventors such as Edison, Steinmetz, and Marconi and with financial giants such as J. P. Morgan and John Jacob Astor as they were underwriting his laboratory work. (Tesla even worked for the Edison Company for several years.). Wizard brings to the fore an extraordinary man and recreates his life during one of the most exciting and innovative eras in America's history. The book is illustrated with 16 pages of photographs and drawings, including the July 20, 1931, Time magazine cover for an issue celebrating the inventor's career.
 

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A really good book on the life of Tesla, it is in chronological order, which makes it good, some of the chapters do overlap a little in year sequence, but that is due to different facts presented. You ... Read full review

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User Review  - Deanna Hoard - Goodreads

Very interesting but there were parts that were too detailed for me (not to say that some readers might not like this amount of detail). I did enjoy this book a lot. Three and a half stars. Had it been cut down about 25%, I would give it four stars. Read full review

Contents

Heritage
1
Childhood 185674
5
College Years 187582
15
Tesla Meets the Wizard of Menlo Park 188285
27
Liberty Street 188688
40
Induction at Pittsburgh 1889
51
Bogus Inventors 188990
61
South Fifth Avenue 189091
66
The House of Morgan 1901
245
World Telegraphy Center 1901
256
Clash of the Titans 1901
266
The Passing of the Torch 1902
275
Wardenclyffe 19021903
283
The Web 19031904
293
Dissolution 19041906
307
The Child of His Dreams 19071908
324

Revising the Past 1891
73
The Royal Society 1892
83
Father of the Wireless 1893
98
Electric Sorcerer 1893
110
The Filipovs 1894
122
Niagara Power 1894
132
Effulgent Glory 1894
138
Fire at the Lab 1895
146
Martian Fever 189596
152
High Society 189497
158
Shadowgraphs 1896
167
Falls Speech 1897
171
Luminaries 189698
178
Socerers Apprentice 189697
182
Vril Power 1898
193
WaldorfAstoria 1898
204
Colorado Springs 1899
214
Contact 1899
220
Thors Emissary 1899
230
The Heros Return 1900
236
Bladeless Turbines 190910
336
The Hammond Connection 190913
343
J P Morgan Jr 191214
357
Fifth Column 191416
368
The Invisible Audience 191521
378
Transmutation 191821
395
The Roaring Twenties 191827
404
Faster Than the Speed of Light 192740
416
Living on Credit 192540
428
Loose Ends 193143
436
The FBI and the Tesla Papers 194356
446
The Wizards Legacy
463
The Magnifying Transmitter A Technical Discussion
471
The Tunguska Incident
476
Bibliography
477
Notes
487
Acknowledgments
532
Index
534
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About the author (1996)

Marc J. Seifer is the author of several books, including the acclaimed biography "Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla". He teaches psychology at Roger Williams University.

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