American Legends: The Life of Thomas Edison

American Legends: The Life of Thomas Edison

by Charles River Editors

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American Legends: The Life of Thomas Edison by Charles River Editors

Includes a list of Edison's patents.
Includes pictures of Edison and important people in his life.
Includes some of Edison's most inspiring quotes and explanations about his inventive techniques.
Includes a Table of Contents.

"He led no armies into battle, he conquered no countries, and he enslaved no peoples... Nonetheless, he exerted a degree of power the magnitude of which no warrior ever dreamed. His name still commands a respect as sweeping in scope and as world-wide as that of any other mortal - a devotion rooted deep in human gratitude and untainted by the bias that is often associated with race, color, politics, and religion."

A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history's most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors' American Legends series, readers can get caught up to speed on the lives of America's most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known.

Thomas Edison holds a unique legacy in the United States, but there's no denying that his inventions have benefited the world as a whole. Known as "The Wizard of Menlo Park", every American knows that their nation's most prolific inventor harnessed the power of electricity to create the first light bulb. But that was just one of over 1,000 patents Edison would establish during his life, as he not only dreamed up new devices but also revolutionized the way materials were mass produced. His life's work heavily influenced everything from electric power, batteries and lighting to cement, telegraphy and mining.

While Edison's inventions are important, what he represented was also critical to the nation as a whole. Edison represented the American Dream, specifically the notion that hard work can accomplish anything, and he always understood that himself, once exhorting the nation, "Be courageous! Whatever setbacks America has encountered, it has always emerged as a stronger and more prosperous nation." As one Edison biographer put it, "Thomas Edison was more responsible than any one else for creating the modern world...No one did more to shape the physical/cultural makeup of present day civilization..."

American Legends: The Life of Thomas Edison chronicles the amazing life and inventions of The Wizard of Menlo Park, but it also looks at little known facts about his life outside of his work. Along with pictures of important people and places, you will learn about Edison like you never have before, in no time at all.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015944341
Publisher: Charles River Editors
Publication date: 01/25/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

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