But as Randall Stross makes clear in this critical biography of the man who is arguably the most globally famous of all Americans, Thomas EdisonÃ¢ÂÂs greatest invention may have been his own celebrity. Edison was certainly a technical genius, but Stross excavates the man from layers of myth-making and separates his true achievements from his almost equally colossal failures. How much credit should Edison receive for the various inventions that have popularly been attributed to himÃ¢ÂÂand how many of them resulted from both the inspiration and the perspiration of his rivals and even his own assistants? How much of EdisonÃ¢ÂÂs technical skill helped him overcome a lack of business acumen and feel for consumersÃ¢ÂÂ wants and needs?
This bold reassessment of EdisonÃ¢ÂÂs life and career answers these and many other important questions while telling the story of how he came upon his most famous inventions as a young man and spent the remainder of his long life trying to conjure similar success. We also meet his partners and competitors, presidents and entertainers, his close friend Henry Ford, the wives who competed with his work for his attention, and the children who tried to thrive in his shadowÃ¢ÂÂall providing a fuller view of EdisonÃ¢ÂÂs life and times than has ever been offered before. The Wizard of Menlo Park reveals not only how Edison worked, but how he managed his own fame, becoming the first great celebrity of the modern age.
About: An in-depth portrait of America's greatest inventor journeys inside the life and laboratory of Thomas Edison, documenting not only his revolutionary technological innovations, but also his ability to promote and market himself and his creations.
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