Thomas Edison: American Inventor

Thomas Edison: American Inventor

by Michael W. Simmons


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Everyone knows that Thomas Edison is America's most famous inventor. But what exactly drove him to invent? Have you ever heard of the phonograph, or the kinetoscope? And what made his incandescent light bulb so special anyway?

In this book, you will learn about Edison's busy childhood as a young inventor and entrepreneur conducting chemical experiments aboard a moving train car, his nomadic youth as a wandering telegraph operator, and about the five miraculous years of invention that produced the phonograph and the incandescent light bulb, inventions that made Edison the most famous American in history before he was thirty five years old.

Through the inclusion of primary documents, including letters written by Edison himself, his diary entries, and newspaper articles from the 19th century and after, this book will help you see through the eyes of an ordinary American glimpsing electric light for the first time, or listening to records on the phonograph, or viewing the very first motion pictures. From his friendship with Henry Ford, to his work for the American navy during World War I, Thomas Edison was the original American hero, lighting all of history with his extraordinary inventions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781536832327
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/01/2016
Pages: 244
Sales rank: 537,202
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a sophomore in high school and I read this book for a research project about Thomas Edison. This book was helpful because of the detail that Michael W. Simmons provided. How the book was divided into sections, like starting off with his family and explaining who everyone was helped me. I also liked how the book was divided into chapters because the inventions weren't all explained in one chapter but separately. After reading the book I didn't have any questions about him because his life was explained well. I learned many things about him and some are that he had two wives and six children which I would not have known before reading the book. One thing that I thought wasn't talked about much was his religion or belief so it was difficult for me to explain it in my research project. I thought reading about the life of someone would be boring but I enjoyed this book because as an inventor Thomas Edison had an interesting life. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Thomas Edison or has a project coming up to read this book and learn more about his life.