- Series: Citadel Press Book
- Paperback: 542 pages
- Publisher: Citadel Trade; Reprint edition (February 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0806519606
- ISBN-13: 978-0806519609
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 215 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #882,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla : Biography of a Genius (Citadel Press Book) Paperback – February 1, 2001
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If you have ever worked in a startup or contributed to a venture capital effort, you will recognize the characters of this book as being similar to the capitalists of today.
I greatly enjoyed it and learned much. I will never look at our world the same way after reading it.
Conversely, his lack of business acumen and his personality quirks prevented him from accumulating financial gain or even receiving credit for many of his inventions.
The book is overly long and is repetitive in many places. Still, it provides insight into storied capitalists of his time and how they took advantage of Tesla's naivety.
What i liked least is the reminder that even today we have lost our moral compass as individuals and as a nation in our dealings with our fellow human beings and doing the right thing owes no allegiance to politics or the bottom line.
Tesla was a genius, but at the same time he had little appreciation of money. He found it easy to give away what he should have kept for himself. As a result, Tesla was also something of a fraud, or if that's too strong, a mooch. He ran up numerous bills he couldn't pay.
Autistic? Almost certainly. Tesla had an amazing ability to concentrate. He also had a very unusual, very highly trained memory.
Flawed ability to earn money, too liberal with his spending, yet Tesla can truly be described as the man who invented the 20th and a major part of the 21st Centuries.
To find out what he invented and more about this amazing man, read the book.