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Edison

by Edmund Morris

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Edison by Edmund Morris
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    Oct 2019, 800 pages

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A highly detailed and somewhat unorthodox biography of Thomas Alva Edison, one of the greatest minds America has ever known.

October 22nd, 2019, marked the 140th anniversary of the first successful test of a commercial electric light bulb with a carbon filament, commonly known as an incandescent light bulb. It seems fitting that in the same year the man behind this life-changing invention, Thomas Alva Edison, should be honored in a dense doorstopper of a new biography. Edison is the final work of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edmund Morris, who finished the book shortly before his death in May 2019; Morris is most famous for his highly regarded three-volume biography of Theodore Roosevelt. Here, Morris digs deep into the frenetic mind of Edison, but his well-researched study sometimes suffers from its overabundance of detail and mystifying reverse chronology.

Thomas Alva Edison was born into abject poverty in 1847, but he revealed at an early age his prodigious intellect and precocity. Self educated and ...

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