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Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla: Biography of a Genius (Unabridged)
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by Marc J. Seifer (Author), Simon Prebble (Narrator)
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  • Listening Length: 22 hours and 17 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 7 Nov 2011
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0064BI7WM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), credited as the inspiration for radio, robots, and even radar, has been called the patron saint of modern electricity. Based on original material and previously unavailable documents, this acclaimed book is the definitive biography of the man considered by many to be the founding father of modern electrical technology. Among Tesla's creations were the channeling of alternating current, fluorescent and neon lighting, wireless telegraphy, and the giant turbines that harnessed the power of Niagara Falls.

©1996 Marc J. Seifer ; (P)2011 Tantor

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to the genius of Tesla 27 Aug 2002
By Ed Long
This is a well written biography of Tesla which gives a factual account of his unbelievable career. It shows that he was an engineer; his inventions worked because he did the theory to ensure they did. He was way ahead of his contemporaries, including Marconi and Edison, and this books should be in every degree course.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sure you want this book! 22 July 2002
If you like biographies about great persons, this book has its natural place side by side with "Genius" (James Gleich about Richard Feynman).
And when you have read it, you'll become amazed why Tesla isn't as famous as Einstein (or Feynman).
Unlike many books about Tesla, this is about facts - and what facts! There are no place to myths about Tesla, the facts are enough - and this is the book where you'll find them.
A reliable and well written book about a true wizard of science - a wizard that made life easier to billions - and "how" and "why" he did it.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Tesla Biography to Date 13 May 2002
A factual, academic Tesla biography, without any of the usual sensationalism of his being sent from other planets!
Extremely well written, the book reads like a novel and also acts as an excellent reference work.
The Margaret Cheney and Robert Lomas books make a good introduction to a man who was a rather complex subject, but this book really does add so many layers to his character that to any serious student of Tesla or his work this should be an essential part of their library.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Realist
Having just barely finished the book, I was impressed by how much attention was given to both the earlier and latter parts of his life. Much of the details available (for free) online tend to gloss over the life of the young Tesla and only rarely go in to detail about his last years, and those are usually to attempt to denigrate the great man.

As others have mentioned there is some glorification at the expense of others, but this seems to be representative of Tesla's sometimes vainglorious, often pompous self-opinion as evidenced by the many letters between himself and his friends, not to mention those that opposed and/or profited from his many patents. Towards the end of the book you can almost feel the authors frustration at how Tesla often got in the way of selling his own work by force of his personality, which seemingly helped create his status as a (even if much lauded) pariah.

Tesla's personal correspondence is extensively documented in this book, sometimes ad nauseum, but it gives a great insight in to the mind of the man himself, instead of relying on secondary or tertiary sources.

My only real disappointment, is the lack of technicality. For a biography based around someone who's inventions have in many ways powered the modern world, the workings of those machines are barely touched or at best the details are fleeting and textbook. I should imagine many readers who bought this book, didn't do so because they are followers of the cult of personality so prevalent in many modern biographies, but because of an interest in all that Tesla both created and theorised.

All in all a good book, and a very comprehensive history of the man and his mind, if not the minutiae of his machines and ideas.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
To this day our children never hear of Tesla through text books, their library, or even the news media. Ever seen or heard of a TV special on the most brilliant genius in the last thousand years, NO. Read how the government has kept much of Tesla's science and knowledge for top secret black programs. Just as Steiger, in Alien Rapture, has detailed the TR-3B flying triangle that warps gravity as Tesla suggested could be done. I've read every Tesla book and even have copies of his Colorado Springs experiments and patents. Before this book, Childress had written my favorite book on the life and science of Tesla. This book is extraordinary, It is well worth reading for anyone. I could not recommend this book more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book 8 Jan 2010
One of the few underated scientists who have made massive contributions to modern day life, his intelligence supercedes that of any of his peers.
This book puts Nikola Tesla on the pedistal he deserves whilst humbly showing the mans flaws.
A excellent text on an extraordinary man.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wizard - an excellent biography 8 Sep 2009
This is a very thorough and well written biography by someone who clearly understands his subject.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wizard by Marc J Seifer 9 Mar 2009
I have long been an admirer of the many inventions of Nicola Tesla, and I have always bemoaned the fact that there was no definitive biography of the man behind the inventions. Well now there is! Wizard is a thoroughly well written and researched work, and an easy read for the technical and non-technical alike. Marc J Seifer has obviously drawn on every source of available information to produce this brilliant book. You simply will not believe how much of the modern world was invented by Tesla BEFORE 1900! It also gives great insight into the reasons that Tesla is not recognised for what he really achieved, and why his financial backers pulled out whenever the majority of the profits were not going to come their way. Read it and BE AMAZED!
Phil Whitley
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ahead of his time
This over 400 pages bibliography of Nikola Tesla, plus more than 50 pages of notes and references, is at the same time both a fascinating and a sad book about the father of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by M.I.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Inventor of Radio
MY all time hero Nicola Tesla. Very few people REALY know what this man did for us. His work on induction and the transmission of power transformed EVERY aspect of our modern... Read more
Published 7 months ago by John Bamford
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Really interesting book. He was a remarkable man. I have quite finished it yet, but it is holding my interest!!!
Published 8 months ago by joanne bloomer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Bought for my boyfriend as a Christmas present and he hasn't put it down! So to me that's a good buy!
Published 14 months ago by frances goodyear
4.0 out of 5 stars The Electric Sorcerer
This might be the saddest story ever told. It's told with none of the eloquence of The Man himself - in fact Seifer is positively ham-fisted [every new character has to have a... Read more
Published 16 months ago by A. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Prodigal Genius
My first encounter with the amazing Nikola Tesla was when I came across an old paperback called Prodigal Genius. Read more
Published on 28 Feb 2012 by James N. Beatson
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
A very thorough and well researched account of the life of Nikola Tesla. Perhaps a little too much detail in places, but at least written by a reliable source. Read more
Published on 29 Nov 2011 by Audio303
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read, but...
I don't see Seifer's appraisal as particularly objective, forgiving Tesla's follies rather too lightly whilst frequently extolling his virtues. Read more
Published on 20 July 2011 by Reader Little
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Man - Lousy Book
Oh My God! This book is so tedious.

All of it could be shifted to the back as a source reference - or better still, the bin. Read more
Published on 28 Aug 2010 by D. R. Armour
4.0 out of 5 stars A good biography of an incredible man.
Nikola Tesla was a genius, so why didn't I know anything about him until recently?

This book answers that question. Read more
Published on 3 Feb 2010 by S. Horrigan
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