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Edison / by Edmund Morris.

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  • ISBN: 9780812993110
  • ISBN: 081299311X
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Publisher: New York : Random House, [2019]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Botany (1920-1929) -- Defense (1910-1919) -- Power (1900-1909) -- Magnetism (1890-1899) -- Light (1880-1889) -- Sound (1870-1879) -- Telegaphy (1860-1869) -- Natural philosophy (1847-1859).

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 September #1
    *Starred Review* Morris (Colonel Roosevelt, 2010) takes a risk with his new biography of Thomas Edison—he runs the inventor's life backwards like a film in reverse, finding fresh truths in the story of a genius of almost metaphysical proportions. Edison seems to have almost singlehandedly ushered in the modern age, with his breakthroughs in the recording of sound (the phonograph), lighting (the incandescent lightbulb), moviemaking, and electric generation and communications. Morris shows that besides an immense intellect and ability to survive on little sleep, two aspects of the inventor's makeup were key. To Edison, failure was good: "he typically regarded every failure as a step towards success," Morris writes. And his almost total deafness wrapped Edison in his own cocoon: "I live in a great, moving world of my own," Edison wrote. He was a man capable of great kindness, but oblivious to the feelings of family and friends; a wealthy man heedless of the demands of his creditors and investors. This absorbing biography, Morris' last (he died in May 2019), has flaws, notably an excess of scientific and engineering detail. Its life-story-told-backwards technique demands attention, but at the end the reader sees Edison fully revealed, a small child about to transform the world. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Edmund Morris was born and educated in Kenya and attended college in South Africa. He worked as an advertising copywriter in London before immigrating to the United States in 1968. His first book, The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in 1980. Its sequel, Theodore Rex, won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography in 2002. In between these two books, Morris became President Reagan’s authorized biographer and wrote the national bestseller Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan. More recently he has completed his trilogy on the life of the twenty-sixth president with Colonel Roosevelt, also a bestseller, and has published Beethoven: The Universal Composer and This Living Hand and Other Essays. He lives in Kent, Connecticut, with his wife and fellow biographer, Sylvia Jukes Morris.

Subject: Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931.
Edison, Thomas A. (Thomas Alva), 1847-1931.
Inventors > United States > Biography.
Electrical engineers > United States > Biography.
Electrical engineers.
United States.
Genre: Biography.
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