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My Inventions: The Autobiography of Nikola Tesla Paperback – October 1, 1982

ISBN-13: 978-0910077002 ISBN-10: 0910077002 Edition: 1st Hart Bros. ed

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 111 pages
  • Publisher: Hart Brothers Pub; 1st Hart Bros. ed edition (October 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0910077002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0910077002
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #708,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

My Inventions has been the primary source for all Tesla biographers. Editor Ben Johnston has a 16 page introduction that traces Tesla's career through a maze of sensationalism and controversy.

From the Back Cover

The reclusive, brilliant engineer who:
Invented the Niagra power system that made Edison's obsolete Sold Westinghouse 40 patents that broke a General Electric monopoly Discovered the radio methods that Marconi converted into a fortune Built a radio-guided torpedo before Ford ended the horse-and-buggy era Tried, with J.P. Morgan's backing, to change the earths electric charge! Joined giants Ampere, Watt, and Volta in history's most select circle when the world scientists named a new unit of magnetism and Tesla.

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You can read this book in a weekend and it's very interesting.
Sandra
If you're a Tesla fan and interested in learning about him, I would highly recommend this book.
Jacob
This is a well-written book and a good insight into Nikola Tesla's life.
Heather A. Redman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

287 of 292 people found the following review helpful By Gary Peterson on January 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is NOT Nikola Tesla's MY INVENTIONS, published in the ELECTRICAL EXPERIMENTER magazine, February-June and October, 1919 issues. It is a corrupted version of Tesla's autobiography titled THE STRANGE LIFE OF NIKOLA TESLA. The original document was published in booklet form a copy of which was found in a used bookstore in 1994, transcribed, and published on the Internet. The booklet was subsequently found to contain significant errors, omissions, revisions and also some additions that did not appear in the original 6-part serial text.

Buyer beware!
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80 of 82 people found the following review helpful By "deinonychus" on October 19, 2000
Format: Paperback
The introduction material in this book written by Ben Johnston is well prepared, informative, and brief. It is a good introduction to the rest of the book which is Tesla's writing.
Tesla's own words can be tedious, but hey the language has changed a bit in the last 100 years. He takes a few rabbit trails and talks much of his inventions not what he thinks and feels. I would really like to know why he liked pigeons so much but he never says. What Tesla doesn't say, gives us insights to what is important to him. No serious study of Tesla can neglect this work.
For a more in-depth historical biography of the man see, Margaret Cheney's "Tesla, Man out of Time". ISBN 0-88029-419-1
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89 of 94 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Kershner on October 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
The presentation of Nikola Tesla's fascinating life and work is manhandled in this edition of his autobiography, My Inventions.

The text is full of typographical errors; the letter "i" (referring to Tesla in the first-person) is rarely ever capitalized, and there are numerous misspellings of simple words. Paragraph breaks seem to have been inserted at random and, when compared to other editions, do not correspond with the others' layouts or chapters.

I do not know what Tesla's manuscript looked like or who is responsible for typesetting it for BNPublishing, but it is most telling that Amazon's link to look inside this book redirects to a different edition.
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91 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Sandra on March 11, 2005
Format: Paperback
You can read this book in a weekend and it's very interesting.

It's his autobiography, his inventions.

It's available free on the internet in pdf.

You should buy "A man out of Time" instead.
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 26, 2001
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This is a very personal look at this inventor's life. Unlike many other biographies this autobiography tells us specifically what Tesla's reason were. Tesla also tells many very personal and insightful stories about himself. Many other works site this one because of its invaluable reference. Tells much about the inventor in abridged way.
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50 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Linden on January 14, 2001
Format: Paperback
In this book, Tesla himslef explains the inner workings of his mind. To me, knowing how he actually came up with his inventions is the best any Tesla book could possibly get.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By The Lost One on December 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
I'm really a fan of Tesla and this book was a good view into him as a person. Although the exact same pages of this book can be found in the end portion of the book "The Nikola Tesla Treasury" and I highly suggest that book over this one.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Monet Peters on March 19, 2006
Format: Paperback
Excellent book! Tesla's dry style and wry wit combine to form a greatly intuitive look into the master's life. I whole-heartedly recomend this book!

~B
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