Tesla: Inventor of the Modern

Written by:
Richard Munson
Narrated by:
Charles Constant

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
June 2018
9 hours 11 minutes
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: forty 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 readable biography takes account of all phases of this remarkable life.
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Excellent book

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Alex M.

Munson does a creditable job of conveying the astounding successes and failures of Tesla. But he comes up short in forging a deeper understanding of the man. It doesn’t help that he works extra hard to dodge examining Tesla’s sexuality (merely repeatedly saying he can’t imagine someone who was a germaphobe engaging in sexual acts). Nor that he skirts around Tesla’s bigotry. But it’s hard for any story of such an incredible mind not to be engaging.

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