➧ Edison Ebook ➭ Author Edmund Morris – Valtrex-4.us

EdisonFrom Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Edmund Morris Comes A Revelatory New Biography Of Thomas Alva Edison, The Most Prolific Genius In American HistoryAlthough Thomas Alva Edison Was The Most Famous American Of His Time, And Remains An International Name Today, He Is Mostly Remembered Only For The Gift Of Universal Electric Light His Invention Of The First Practical Incandescent Lamp Years Ago So Dazzled The World Already Reeling From His Invention Of The Phonograph And Dozens Of Other Revolutionary Devices That It Cast A Shadow Over His Later Achievements In All, This Near Deaf Genius I Haven T Heard A Bird Sing Since I Was Twelve Years Old Patented , Inventions, Not Including Others, Such As The X Ray Fluoroscope, That He Left Unlicensed For The Benefit Of MedicineOne Of The Achievements Of This Staggering New Biography, The First Major Life Of Edison In Than Twenty Years, Is That It Portrays The Unknown Edison The Philosopher, The Futurist, The Chemist, The Botanist, The Wartime Defense Adviser, The Founder Of Nearly Companies As Fully As It Deconstructs The Edison Of Mythological Memory Edmund Morris, Winner Of The Pulitzer Prize And The National Book Award, Brings To The Task All The Interpretive Acuity And Literary Elegance That Distinguished His Previous Biographies Of Theodore Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, And Ludwig Van Beethoven A Trained Musician, Morris Is Especially Well Equipped To Recount Edison S Fifty Year Obsession With Recording Technology And His Pioneering Advances In The Synchronization Of Movies And Sound Morris Sweeps Aside Conspiratorial Theories Positing An Enmity Between Edison And Nikola Tesla And Presents Proof Of Their Mutually Admiring, If Wary, RelationshipEnlightened By Seven Years Of Research Among The Five Million Pages Of Original Documents Preserved In Edison S Huge Laboratory At West Orange, New Jersey, And Privileged Access To Family Papers Still Held In Trust, Morris Is Also Able To Bring His Subject To Life On The Page The Adored Yet Autocratic And Often Neglectful Husband Of Two Wives And Father Of Six Children If The Great Man Who Emerges From It Is Less A Sentimental Hero Than An Overwhelming Force Of Nature, Driven Onward By Compulsive Creativity, Then Edison Is At Last Getting His Biographical Due

➧ Edison Ebook ➭ Author Edmund Morris – Valtrex-4.us
  • Hardcover
  • 800 pages
  • Edison
  • Edmund Morris
  • 10 July 2018
  • 081299311X

    10 thoughts on “➧ Edison Ebook ➭ Author Edmund Morris – Valtrex-4.us


  1. says:

    Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book This is a very detailed look at the life and foibles of Thomas Edison Most people know only general facts of Ediso s genius, such as the light bulb and motion pictures They do not know about his failures and family life Edison was very complicated and most, even his family, did not understand him fully This book has many technical details about his inventions and patents but they are presented by Morris in a very readab Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book This is a very detailed look at the life and foibles of Thomas Edison Most people know only general facts of Ediso s genius, such as the light bulb and motion pictures They do not know about his failures and family life Edison was very complicated and most, even his family, did not understand him fully This book has many technical details about his inventions and patents but they are presented by Morris in a very readable way The biggest problem with the book is the odd timeline used Edison s life is given in reverse chronologic order That may work in a fictional story but not in a biography Knowing how events unfold before they begin is just wrong


  2. says:

    A comprehensive tome on Thomas Alva Edison Admittedly, I skimmed much of it, as it is so filled with exhaustive accounts of him and his life I learned copious details about this rare genius of a man Kudos to Edmund Morris for his extensive research Thanks you Netgalley and Random House for the opportunity to read and review this ARC.


  3. says:

    I received free uncorrected proofs of this book through a Goodreads giveaway I had previously read and enjoyed one of Edmund Morris s books on Theodore Roosevelt, so I was confident that I would enjoy this book Morris s last he died in May 2019 I was correct the book is well researched, written in a lively, readable style, and does a reasonably good job of explaining scientific concepts to lay people I was really impressed by the author s ability to convey how much of Edison s success w I received free uncorrected proofs of this book through a Goodreads giveaway I had previously read and enjoyed one of Edmund Morris s books on Theodore Roosevelt, so I was confident that I would enjoy this book Morris s last he died in May 2019 I was correct the book is well researched, written in a lively, readable style, and does a reasonably good job of explaining scientific concepts to lay people I was really impressed by the author s ability to convey how much of Edison s success which is what we remember today rested on extensive trial and error, learning from multiple failures, and obsessive workaholism My one complaint about the book is that for some reason, Morris has elected to tell the story backwards We begin with Edison s death, then travel successively through the 1920s, 1910s, etc., back to his birth in 1847 Within each decade, we move forward in time, but at the end of the 1920s, we suddenly go from 1929 to the next chapter, which begins 19 years earlier in 1910 The effect is choppy Edison, and the author, are constantly having to remember and refer to events that, for the reader, haven t happened yet Friendships or business relationships end in one chapter and begin in the next Edison is married to one woman in 1899, and then a page later it s 1880 and he s married to a different woman I m not sure what possessed Morris to structure the book this way perhaps he did so because the most interesting inventions happen when Edison is fairly young, and in a strictly chronological book, that would have happened early and the rest of the book might have seemed anti climactic But it comes off as gimmicky and not very reader friendly


  4. says:

    I received this book as an electronic resource from Net Galley Noted I am not a great history buff For the true follower of Edison this would be great book I however, found it exhaustive and skimmed some of the details Not one of my favorite books but it well researched and written.


  5. says:

    Thomas Alva Edison, known today primarily as the inventor of the lightbulb, spent his life researching, experimenting, and inventing devices in nearly every scientific field available to him over the course of his life Edmund Morris new biography takes a thoroughly researched, detailed look into these aspects of Edison s life, hoping to leave readers perhaps with the sense of Edison as a Renaissance Man who unceasingly explored the world around him The reader learns of Edison s tireless eff Thomas Alva Edison, known today primarily as the inventor of the lightbulb, spent his life researching, experimenting, and inventing devices in nearly every scientific field available to him over the course of his life Edmund Morris new biography takes a thoroughly researched, detailed look into these aspects of Edison s life, hoping to leave readers perhaps with the sense of Edison as a Renaissance Man who unceasingly explored the world around him The reader learns of Edison s tireless efforts to perfect phonograph recordings although deaf himself , his proficiency with Morse code, as well as the creation of inventions that, even after Morris described them, I had no idea what they were for or what they did That is one of the issues I had with Edison In his push to show the reader all of the work Edison did, Morris overwhelms the reader with scientific information in some places and underwhelms the reader in others The main problem I had with Edison however, is that it is written backwards Starting with his death in 1931, each part of the book covers about ten years of Edison s life, retreating backwards in time until he s born in 1847 This often made the reading choppy and the biography s progression difficult to follow Partnerships, inventions, lawsuits, and personal relationships end before they begin and often Morris has to refer the reader to later parts in the book to cover the beginning of something he s now talking about ending If there was a reason for writing the book that way, I couldn t tell what it was except a desire to experiment and do something different In this case different was certainly memorable, but not, for me, in a good way.Glimpses of Edison the man manage to show through Edison the scientist or Edison the businessman but those glimpses don t give the reader much of an impression of who he was or what made him the way he was The impressions we do get show us a perfectionist, a tyrant, and a control freak Meeting Edison like this at the end of his life, I have a hard time knowing if I didn t like this book because I didn t like Edison as a person, and had no investment in who he would become or what he would do with his life because I saw it from the end on, or if it was the book itself Not a book I d recommend for any but the most fervent of Edison admirers, and even then, I strongly recommend reading the book from end to beginning to try and make some sense out of it I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review


  6. says:

    Edmund Morris is the author of the three Theodore Roosevelt biographies as well as the really good Ronald Reagan one I am very sad to say he passed away just this past May.Thomas Edison was a driven man He was constantly inventing and patenting new ideas or as he would say, he brought them out in the open, they were always there He had a new invention about every 11 days, with over 1,000 in his lifetime.Best known for bringing us into the light, he was a man with a singular need to invent, to Edmund Morris is the author of the three Theodore Roosevelt biographies as well as the really good Ronald Reagan one I am very sad to say he passed away just this past May.Thomas Edison was a driven man He was constantly inventing and patenting new ideas or as he would say, he brought them out in the open, they were always there He had a new invention about every 11 days, with over 1,000 in his lifetime.Best known for bringing us into the light, he was a man with a singular need to invent, to experiment, to push the boundaries of what was known He was a man who needed little sleep or food and expected those around him to work the same punishing hours as he did He did not suffer fools lightly and like a lot of geniuses who are laser focused on what they see as their calling, his family life suffered.We see the husband, the father, the friend A man who was headstrong He started 250 businesses, so you can imagine he might have been a distant father He made no secret that he thought his children were lacking in every way I have read many biographies of Edison, most of which centered on his works and patents I don t think he was a deliberately cold man, he was a man possessed with a need to create, to push boundaries and with that type of mind, relationships and family take a back seat.The research that went into this work is astounding This is a book I will have and re read for a long time NetGalley Random House October 22, 2019


  7. says:

    The story of Thomas A Edison s life is recounted in an unusual manner in this biography Told from the perspective of the man s fascinations with different fields, electricity, sound, light, chemistry, and botany, it does not follow the normal life s progression found in most biographies I found this interesting and while each section was detailed I was not put off by the detail as each related to former or future endeavors of Edison For instance, the book begins with Edison s work in the fie The story of Thomas A Edison s life is recounted in an unusual manner in this biography Told from the perspective of the man s fascinations with different fields, electricity, sound, light, chemistry, and botany, it does not follow the normal life s progression found in most biographies I found this interesting and while each section was detailed I was not put off by the detail as each related to former or future endeavors of Edison For instance, the book begins with Edison s work in the field of botany at the behest of friends, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone Something I knew nothing about, but was not surprised to learn, Edison pursued finding latex in native plants with the same singularity of purpose that he is noted to have used in the pursuit of a viable filament for incandescent lamps The arrangement made the book easier to read and perhaps provided a better understanding of what made the man than many biographies


  8. says:

    Edmund Morris has an uncanny ability to put you in the world he s writing about I m a huge fan of his Roosevelt biography, so I was very excited to receive this book from Goodreads as an advance copy ahead of publication It did not disappoint The format is unique, it is written from the end of his life to the beginning in reverse order At first I was unsure but it turned out to be one of the best parts of the book Normally I dread reading the first part of any biography as it s a slog throu Edmund Morris has an uncanny ability to put you in the world he s writing about I m a huge fan of his Roosevelt biography, so I was very excited to receive this book from Goodreads as an advance copy ahead of publication It did not disappoint The format is unique, it is written from the end of his life to the beginning in reverse order At first I was unsure but it turned out to be one of the best parts of the book Normally I dread reading the first part of any biography as it s a slog through the childhood sections to get to the part you really want to read This method got directly to the most interesting part of this incredible man s life Edison is a fascinating biography due to the subject matter, but Mr Morris skill takes this book to a different level Highly recommended


  9. says:

    Thank you to NetGalley and Random House for allowing me to read this ARC of Edison, by Edmund Morris Morris is a master biographer, telling us about the life and genius of Edison, and making it interesting We learn about Edison s upbringing, his family, his successes, and his failures We see a side of him as a ruthless boss, who keeps his employees wondering if they had a job or not One of my favorite comments from Edison about his near deafness is the fact that you don t have to hear all th Thank you to NetGalley and Random House for allowing me to read this ARC of Edison, by Edmund Morris Morris is a master biographer, telling us about the life and genius of Edison, and making it interesting We learn about Edison s upbringing, his family, his successes, and his failures We see a side of him as a ruthless boss, who keeps his employees wondering if they had a job or not One of my favorite comments from Edison about his near deafness is the fact that you don t have to hear all the nonsense around you This book is fascinating from beginning to end The reader will enjoy learning about his inventions, patents, and achievements


  10. says:

    I won this through a goodreads giveaway complimemts of the publisher Author Edmund Morris gives us an in depth view not just of Edison s accomplishments and failures as a businessman and innovator, but also into his personal family life as well A great addition to any bookshelf, but especially to those who think there couldnt possibly be a book that coverson the man than they already own.

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