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The Entire Life Story of Tesla & Edison: Giants of Electrical Engineering

The Greatest People, Book 2
Narrated by: Jerry Beebe
Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
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This audiobook includes biographies on the following men: Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison.

Nikola Tesla pursued his ideas for wireless lighting and worldwide wireless electric power distribution in his high-voltage, high-frequency power experiments. Tesla explained the principles of the rotating magnetic field in an induction motor by demonstrating how to make a copper egg stand on end, using a device that he constructed known as the Egg of Columbus and introduced his new steam powered oscillator AC generator. Based on Tesla's new ideas for electrical equipment, including a thermo-magnetic motor idea, Alfred S. Brown and Charles F. Peck formed the Tesla Electric Company.

Nikola Tesla developed an induction motor that ran on alternating current (AC), a power system format that was rapidly expanding in Europe and the United States because of its advantages in long-distance, high-voltage transmission.

There are a lot more to the story than just the light bulb, and there is a lot more to the invention of the light bulb than just Thomas Edison. One thing is for sure that he is still remembered as one of the greatest inventors of all time, and perhaps the greatest that America has ever produced. In truth, Edison was a man who invented a lot of things while bringing about incredible advancements in many other things. With the stock ticker, the telegraph, the light bulb, and motion picture, he may not have invented them, but he improved on them beyond any recognition. They would not be the technologies they were today without Edison’s great mind working on them.

Thomas Edison seems to be remembered these days either the man who invented the light bulb or the man who didn’t. Without knowing any more about him, you are either giving him false praise for something he didn’t do or not taking into account all the other work he did.

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It contained information

It is a very interesting book and I learned a lot of things that I never knew. I am an electrical engineer and found this book to have a wealth of information about the beginnings of electric power distribution.

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Amazing book

I think people need to know more about American history. This is a great start for electricians, people interested in history, or people interested in technology. You get to see and read about the works of Tesla he made remote before the TV was here and just one thing

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A Flawing personality.

That such an idealist could be so pragmatic simply makes him more inspiring to me. The Declaration of Independence remains the most inspiring political ideal ever penned.

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Too many details!

This book is fantastic from a bibliographical prospective. Extremely detailed. A person really passionate about Tesla & Edison would like it!

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Excellent

The Biography of a Gentleman, The Inventor
I Admire the Most, from Past Time, a Greatly Gifted Individual with High Ideals, Principles and Values! Who's Sole Purpose was to Connect the World Trough His Numerous Inventions With a Positive Purpose...

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Now I Recommend This Book :)

One of my friends suggested this book to me indeed and I'm really thankful to him. I like the way this author explained the lives of Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla. Loved it.

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Terrible audio, but good book.

Whilst a good book, it was completely ruined by the auto-generated robotic audio book reader.

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I loved this book

I loved this book. Many of the Electronics/Electrical professional think the books is short on technical details and many of the new age mystics, conspiracy enthusiasts think the book is to dry and confusing. That is a good indication that the author got the balance correct. I thought the author did a fabulous job in balancing the story. The really difficult part of understanding the genius of Tesla is trying to keep an 1890's mindset while reading what is taking place.

And - the author did not imply that Tesla was a homosexual. He merely stated that some thought that he might have been, and followed that by stating that there is no firm evidence that he was. So to me, that's just part of the story. I am very sensitive to modern liberal jingoism in books and I never got that impression here. An excellent book about a truly incredible personality. Thank you Bernard Carlson!

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Carlson’s Tesla book is a great read. Tesla books

Carlson’s Tesla book is a great read. Tesla books tend to deify the man. Carlson’s Tesla book makes a more objective assessment of Tesla and his accomplishments. Although I like placing Tesla on a high pedestal (certainly way above Edison (ruthless) and Marconi (hack)), Carlson offers a fresh perspective and a balanced view, in a well researched and footnoted book. Carlson provides a lot of detail about Tesla's business dealings and cogent explanations for why many of his visions were never realized, and makes a valiant attempt to explain the technology for a non-technical audience. Carlson also provides the best explanation I have seen for the U.S. Government’s involvement with Tesla’s papers after his death. I would have liked to see more about Tesla’s deal with the Soviet’s in the 1930s (p. 388), but that information is probably unattainable (someone should write THAT book). Great job!

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There are oodles of books on electrical innovator

There are oodles of books on electrical innovator Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), too many of them filled with tall tales and wishful thinking. A few date back a century or more, but most have appeared since Tesla's death. Carlson, who teaches in the engineering school at the University of Virginia, has gotten behind the Tesla cultists to relate the fascinating story of the man's life, inventions, and eventual failure and sad end. Supported by clear diagrams and photos, 50 pages of notes, and a useful discussion of available sources, Carlson's biography is both readable and credible, which can't be said of most earlier Tesla books. One by one, Carlson takes on and debunks the wilder tales of what Tesla did or did not accomplish, those who conspired for or against him, and various might-have-beens. The truth is amazing enough, even or perhaps especially after all the years of silly whoopla is scraped away. This is a sensible, documented, and insightful telling of a fascinating life.

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  • 25-10-19

good one

The comparison between Edison and Tesla was amazing. Edison was more of an idea man and Tesla was a genius. Just the difference in their thought process was astounding. Tesla was brilliant and Edison was a hack.

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  • Filip Bordz
  • 25-10-19

Excellent

There are a lot more to the story than just the light bulb, and there is a lot more to the invention of the light bulb than just Thomas Edison. One thing is for sure that he is still remembered as one of the greatest inventors of all time, and perhaps the greatest that America has ever produced. In truth, Edison was a man who invented a lot of things while bringing about incredible advancements in many other things. With the stock ticker, the telegraph, the light bulb, and motion picture, he may not have invented them, but he improved on them beyond any recognition. They would not be the technologies they were today without Edison’s great mind working on them.

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  • Jonas Peter
  • 14-10-19

Fantastic

I’m only about a quarter way through the book but so far it’s excellent. The subject matter is of course very sensitive but so far I think the author has handled it very delicately which I appreciate.

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  • Erik Watson
  • 14-10-19

Being a history buff I really liked this book.

Being a history buff I really liked this book. It put together the story of Hitler in a very easy to comprehend. I have recommended it to friends.

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  • Hayden Palmer
  • 02-10-19

Best informative.

Awesome books! I’m enjoying listening them as much as the kids are. I’ve recommended to others!

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  • Jordan Walters
  • 30-09-19

This is a good book if you're looking for an overv

This is a good book if you're looking for an overview of Tesla and Edison but it doesn't go into as much detail as other books on the two inventors.

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  • Ana
  • 16-04-19

good one


A very interesting account of the beginnings of electricity as we know it today. Interesting slant on well-known and not-so-well-known individuals and their sometimes fractious and downright mean relationships. Tesla should have had an honest business manager to protect him from Edison and Westinghouse, both of whom really gave him the shaft. He died in poverty, yet was responsible for many developments that allow our national grid to function.

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  • Harrison
  • 16-04-19

good one


I found this book to be fascinating. At times the writing was a bit thin, but the content was very informative. An in depth study of the introduction of electricity and lighting to the world and if the fierce competition between Edison, Westinghouse, and Tesla for dominance in the field.

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  • Henry
  • 16-04-19

An important story


An important story well told by the wonderful writer, Jill Jonnes. I don’t know how she does it. George Westinghouse joins a meeting while munching on an apple!? Astonishing details that bring the story to life.

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  • Harry
  • 16-04-19

good one


I loved this book! I bought it hoping to learn, more than anything, about Tesla. I ended up learning an incredible amount about Tesla, Edison and Westinghouse--and a lot about the time period they lived, as well. Each of the three men came to life in this book!