Children's LiteratureElectrical engineer Nikola Tesla is the true father of the radio, but few of us recognize his name today. In fact, the Supreme Court revoked the patent for the radio given to Marconi and awarded it to Tesla eight months after his death. This well-researched biography provides the details of Tesla's life, his experiments and inventions, and his numerous personality quirks. The first chapter begins with Tesla's birth in Croatia in 1856. At age 26, Tesla discovered the rotating magnetic field. Two years later, Tesla came to America and began his lengthy battle with Edison over electricity. Edison advocated for direct current, while Tesla promoted the use of alternating currency. Throughout his lifetime, Tesla invented numerous ways to generate, transport, and use electricity. Besides his brilliance, the book also describes Tesla unusual behaviors. For example, Tesla was terrified of germs and required 18 napkins for each meal. Also, he was fascinated with pigeons, feeding them and allowing them into his living quarters. The book includes numerous quotes from Tesla. It also has insets that explain some of the electrical-engineering concepts, such as types of currents and energy. The appendices include a timeline, a list of sources, a bibliography, and a list of web sites with additional information about Tesla and electricity. 2005, Morgan Reynolds Publishing, Ages 8 to 12.