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Product Details

  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Frog Books; First edition. edition (July 22, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883319919
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883319915
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,355,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daniel Blair Steward is a novelist and artist who resides in Northern California with his son, River. He is the author of Akhunaton: The Extraterrestrial King, an epic tail of alien contact in ancient Egypt, and Pinnacle (Mendocino Publishing), the saga of a band of UFO abductees lost in a labyrinth of deadly conspiracies. Visit him at www.danielblairstewart.com.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book wanting a good biographical account of Nikola Tesla. Though it is that, what I didn't realize was that it is really aimed at young readers (ages 9-12). Nothing on the cover or the introduction mentions that fact. The odd book size(wide format), the larger font size and the limited vocabulary give it away as a juvenile selection. I would recommend it highly for that age group. However it was not the adult biography I looking for. I think I will give my copy to my son. I believe he will enjoy it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sigurd Gogol on March 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
It seems some people blindly grab books off shelves, expecting to discover epic literature by such methods. It may indicate something about someone who buys books before examining the first page. Stewart's objective here seems to be of biographical and circumstantial nature, and not too technical. But for those of the technical class, it'd seem that they might by default, look at the book a bit, before purchasing it. If I set out to buy a dictionary, but got instead some old discourse by Chomsky, I would be disappointed, though I certainly would not criticize Sir Noam for my mistake. For Stewart's intended purpose, this book is a success. I suppose if this is a children's book, then a whole lot of top-notch science fiction and other creative writings should have many o' men embarrassed. This book captures many of the fascinating aspects of Tesla's life, as well as the generally historically-neglected crimes of Edison. I may be a bit cynical, but I have my doubts that certain critics of this work would have been satisfied had they purchased technical writings of Tesla-Himself, and would have complained about the lack of style and tedious documentation. Yes, this work is in novel format, but it is the last thing the common child will understand on any significant level. As for many great fantasy works, we read them as children, then many years later read them again, only to discover new things we had never considered. Perhaps an appeal to the young and vibrant imagination is more a benefit than a deficiency. I highly recommend it to any open minded person who does not insist on wandering through infinite realms of technical data and references, and is not afraid of being entertained whilst learning.
A great book! It will always have a place on my shelf.
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While there are a few facts and dates thrown into the story, it is so filled with conjecture and contrivance that the book is worthless. The chapters on Edison are particularly useless. Edison is painted as directly murdering three people (a childhood friend, a drug addict and his first wife) and indirectly causing the death of many more. The portrayal of Edison as a sadistic torturer is so at odds with what is known about him, that it makes me wonder what references the author was using. There are none listed. It is as if the author has a personal vendetta against Edison. The story itself is told in a disjointed style as noted by a previous reviewer. It is difficult to read because of the misspellings and the number of people who just pop into the story without introduction. How any publishing company could print this book and sell it as a work of non-fiction gives the whole publishing industry a black eye.
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