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 by many as the inspiration for radio, robots, and even radar, has been called the patron saint of modern electricity. Yet very few people know about his life and work. Based on original source materials and previously unavailable documents, Wizard is the definitive biography of this founding father of modern technology.

For the first time, Wizard reveals the details of Tesla's struggles with competing contemporary inventors such as Edison, Steinmetz, and Marconi and with financial giants like J. R Morgan and John Jacob Astor, who underwrite his work.

An immaculately groomed figure, Tesla once lived at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York and dined at the finest restaurants. Tesla's genius was challenged, however, when his peers vilified his attempts to contact other planets. In the last years of his life, unable to secure financing for his newest inventions, he lived in semipoverty in a fourth-rate hotel.

Wizard brings to the fore the intriguing life of this legendary innovator.

  

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

User Review  - Eric - Goodreads

I was hoping for more insight from a biography of a man of our age. I feel that Tesla's story remains largely incomplete and I am left wanting more. Read full review

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

User Review  - Nai Wang - Goodreads

The book should have been titled "Patent Wars: How Thomas Edison is Steve Jobs/Apple and Tesla is Woz/Google; FIGHT!" Ok, that's a loose analogy but it really bring to light the dangerous nature of ... 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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