The book is a must for anyone interested in innovantion history.
This is a great work by author and scholar Paul Israel, who gives us an objective picture of Edison, his life, his strengths and his weaknesses.
If the reader is not interested in these highly technical details, he can skim them without losing the narrative thread.
If you are interested in learning about the personal life of Thomas Edison, skip this boring tome. It is filled with technical information on Edison's many inventions, his failed... Read morePublished 13 months ago by A Joyful Reader
For this biography, Paul Israel draws on twenty years with the Edison Papers project at Rutgers University. Read morePublished 17 months ago by timcon1964
Having an interest in Edison, I was looking forward to this "definitive biography"; however, while the book provides great detail about Edison's invention process, I was... Read morePublished on November 23, 2011 by GaryB
If you could read only one book about Thomas Alva Edison, there is no better source than Edison, A Life of Invention by Paul Israel published in 1998. Read morePublished on November 12, 2011 by Jack Whelan
How does one document the many facets of a great man's life? I believe Mr. Israel has found the way. Read morePublished on July 8, 2009 by T. Hollins
I had to read this book for class and was not very enthusiastic about it. It turns out that this book is very insightful and possibly the best book on Edison I have ever read.Published on March 22, 2009 by J. Conlin
I liked this book a great deal. You should consider that this is not a fictional story, and is the very essence of a research work. Read morePublished on May 6, 2007 by H. Dillon
This book is very authoritive and well researched, and even more important is that it provides end notes for the reader to verify the author's assertions. Read morePublished on March 15, 2007 by Hugh Curley
I've always been interested in reading the biographies of famous inventors. Edison was one I knew little about, so I purchased this book. Read morePublished on July 9, 2006 by Jeffrey Heaton