Thomas A. Edison: a streak of luck
Edison was history's most prolific inventor--1093 patents were issued in his name--and one of the nation's most honored men. At one time he was the best-known American in the world. Yet his life and career seemed peculiarly elusive. Immense gaps existed at critical junctures.
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