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A good read, but...
on 20 July 2011
I don't see Seifer's appraisal as particularly objective, forgiving Tesla's follies rather too lightly whilst frequently extolling his virtues. Seifer fails to draw sufficient significance from Tesla's use of Mahlon Loomis's prior work, nor Ferraris's independent invention of multiphase motor/generator, at the same time as Tesla.
This book is not technical in any way. In the few 'technical' aspects of the book, Seifer could (and should) have used now long-established electrical & RF theory, but instead his technical descriptions are often as obtuse as those of his subject's writings.
Still, it's a biography, not a history, Seifer can interpret Tesla his way (which IMHO he does) and read as such it is nonetheless interesting and an insight into the times. Occasionally the language borders on arcane and sometimes the style is overly fussy. The connections between character traits and their reasons could have been spelled out more clearly. Perhaps Seifer chose not to join all the dots, to allow us to draw our own conclusions.