His hustle from his early days, such as selling food on passenger trains, to his time as a telegrapher, to his final place in history as the greatest inventor of all time, was very inspiring. If you want a really compelling book which covers some of the same territory although not the invention of the phonograph or motion picture I strongly recomment Empires of Light: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Electrify the World by Jill Jonnes. I would have liked more - there are many elements missing to complete the Edison story. The Wizard of Menlo Park reveals not only how Edison worked, but how he managed his own fame, becoming the first great celebrity of the modern age. Yet his style is engaging and welcoming, making the read overall enjoyable. Eventually I'll find a better book.
He easily sold all of his papers. When he finally met Thomas, the man announces that he wouldn't leave until he became partners with Edison. And he was successful in this pursuit. The downside of this biography is that it is focused mostly on Edison's business ventures and the business of his inventions , rather inventions. In fact, it isn't clear how much he invented. I was struck with the similarity between the two men. In fact, this belief is a major drawback of the book.
The upside of the book is that well researched. Edison was much more proximate to the nuts and bolts of invention whereas Jobs was strong on concepts and commerci My appreciation of this book may have been influenced by the narration - it was passably good but certainly not excellent. We read now how he was cruel to Tesla or wasn't that smart, but that's all just noise. Many claimed he stole Tesla's idea or that he wasn't that smart. How much credit should Edison receive for the various inventions that have popularly been attributed to him--and how many of them resulted from both the inspiration and the perspiration of his rivals and even his own assistants? But can they stop Crowe in time? Though there may be some truth to that, the way the book goes about it seems to have a goal of downplaying him almost entirely.
It was nice to revisit Edison. This book is a good biography of Thomas Alva Edison. A quality biography and a well-argued counterpoint to the traditional heroic view of Edison. بعيداً عن التمجيد وخيالات الكمال التي تغري بعض المؤلفين للمبالغة أحياناً وتجنب بعض الحقائق أحياناً أخرى يبحث المؤلف للمخترع الذي كان عمله نقطة تحول في حياة البشرية , كان أديسون نجماً في زمانه وقابله الجمهور بحفاوة تتوقع منه اختراع جديد في كل لحظه, فقابل الحفاوة بقلق مستمر لتكرار الإنجاز وإبقاء صورته الإعلامية والذي كان مرهقاً له بالنظر لأنه عاش خمسين سنة بعد اختراع المصباح الكهربائي الصالح للاستهلاك بشكل عملي وأضاف إليه الكثير من الاختراعات إلا أنه ظل أسير انجازه الأول Interesting take. He also was happy to take credit for work done by subordinates in his laboratories. His early years of working with telegraphs and newspapers helped him use publicity to gain public interest and financial support for his inventions. I was under the impression there was more drama to the relationship they had, specifically with Edison stealing his inventions or something.
American inventor Thomas Alva Edison 1847-1931 patented over 1000 inventions, including the phonograph and the electric lamp. The book failed him in favor of describing, at great length, the forgettable minutiae of his patents and rivalries. This journey of his reminds me that everyone has the potential for greatness, very few people get up out of bed and reach that potential. If he does, George and Gracie will be stuck in 1879. Review by Booklist Review Biographies abound of inventor Thomas Edison, so Stross distinctively positions his book under the theme of Edison's celebrity.
The company is always quick to claim market share by announcing a new product or service, even if the product or service is not yet available. You invent forty or fifty things in the hopes that one has a life or that something will grow out of a less effective device; this seems like something a writer familiar with technology should know. By doing that, he created and produced many machines and systems that we use frequently today. It was a marvelous read, although it felt a little jilted at times. Well written and an interesting description of Edison's invention process, but most striking, a revelation of his lack of business skills and hubris.
Decent book-- great job of separating the man from the myth. Yet in reality Edison was beating himself senseless to find a solution. Edison was also stubborn as a mule, and it was this propensity more than any other that made him a horrible businessman. This is a fair biography in that the author is careful not to place Edison on a pedestal above reproach and does not bury Edison with his faults. The Wizard of Menlo Park reveals not only how Edison worked, but how he managed his own fame, becoming the first great celebrity of the modern age. But the book,unfortunately, is more by the numbers than inventive. This bold reassessment of Edison's life and career answers these and many other important questions while telling the story of how he came upon his most famous inventions as a young man and spent the remainder of his long life trying to conjure similar success.
In fact, it isn't clear how much he invented. Maybe I'm niave but when I read a biography about a notable person I want to I found the book insightful and well researched. About I started writing short stories in elementary school, starting with a short story about twin track athletes. The older and dangerous Mr. Really shows why the Silicon Valley model of a business guy and a tech guy works. I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible. For one, Edison was always more show than substance.
Edison first tried what others had tried, only to see that it wasn't going to work. Nikola Tesla was only mentioned one time and not until towards the end of the middle of the book. But as Randall Stross makes clear in this critical biography of the man who is arguably the most globally famous of all Americans, Thomas Edison's greatest invention may have been his own celebrity. Stross did not cover much of this but covered his marketing skills. Guests: May Berenbaum, head of the Department of Entomology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Daniel Weaver, beekeeper and president, American Beekeeping Federation. Still, it is a good book.
These and other fascinating stories can be found in the newly updated Rediscover the Hidden New Jersey, a treasury of New Jersey stories that celebrate the unique heritage and importance of the Garden State. He also shows many ways in which Edison was able to control his image so the public and media showed him mostly as he wanted. A prolific inventor, he would abandon projects when his interest flagged but stick stubbornly to others beyond a reasonable amount of time; he was also a businessman with rather poor business judgment, a distinctive individual who held some obnoxious views, a deaf man who could be cagy and insightful about handling people and the press, and a family man who was for most of his life a solitary figure until befriending many celebrities later in life. The author also comes back to his anti-Semitism frequently. I found the tone of the book, however, to be decidedly negative.