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Thomas Edison

By: Michael W. Simmons
Narrated by: Alan Munro
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Summary

Everyone knows that Thomas Edison is America's most famous inventor. But what exactly drove him to invent? Have you ever heard of the phonograph or the kinetoscope? And what made his incandescent light bulb so special anyway?

In this book, you will learn about Edison's busy childhood as a young inventor and entrepreneur conducting chemical experiments aboard a moving train car, his nomadic youth as a wandering telegraph operator, and about the five miraculous years of invention that produced the phonograph and the incandescent light bulb, inventions that made Edison the most famous American in history before he was 35 years old.

Through the inclusion of primary documents, including letters written by Edison himself, his diary entries, and newspaper articles from the 19th century and after, this book will help you see through the eyes of an ordinary American glimpsing electric light for the first time, or listening to records on the phonograph, or viewing the very first motion pictures. From his friendship with Henry Ford, to his work for the American Navy during World War I, Thomas Edison was the original American hero, lighting all of history with his extraordinary inventions.

©2016 Michael W. Simmons (P)2016 Michael W. Simmons

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  • TheWireGuy
  • 27-12-18

More detail on the person than several other books

Narrator was fine to listeb to. book gives better detail on personal life than what is available in several other books on Edison.

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  • Doc Message
  • 11-08-18

More factional than story but not in-depth facts.

Really disappointed by this book and the reader. I've read other books that talked about Edison that gave more insight into the man than this entire book. After reading this entire book I don't know anything about who Edison was and what drove him. After all the history about the light bulb and he only mentions that in one short chapter making it sound like it was really no invention at all.

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  • Keith Kubik
  • 19-12-21

Very Brief Look

Tough to cover Edison’s life in four hours. This would definitely suffice as an introduction to Thomas A. Edison if you were not familiar with him.