Edison by Edmund Morris audiobook

Edison

By Edmund Morris
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Random House Audio 9780812993110
25.09 Hours Unabridged
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edmund Morris comes a revelatory new biography of Thomas Alva Edison, the most prolific genius in American history. NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY TimePublishers WeeklyKirkus Reviews Although Thomas Alva Edison was the most famous American of his time, and remains an international name today, he is mostly remembered only for the gift of universal electric light. His invention of the first practical incandescent lamp 140 years ago so dazzled the world—already reeling from his invention of the phonograph and dozens of other revolutionary devices—that it cast a shadow over his later achievements. In all, this near-deaf genius (“I haven’t heard a bird sing since I was twelve years old”) patented 1,093 inventions, not including others, such as the X-ray fluoroscope, that he left unlicensed for the benefit of medicine. One of the achievements of this staggering new biography, the first major life of Edison in more than twenty years, is that it portrays the unknown Edison—the philosopher, the futurist, the chemist, the botanist, the wartime defense adviser, the founder of nearly 250 companies—as fully as it deconstructs the Edison of mythological memory. Edmund Morris, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, brings to the task all the interpretive acuity and literary elegance that distinguished his previous biographies of Theodore Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, and Ludwig van Beethoven. A trained musician, Morris is especially well equipped to recount Edison’s fifty-year obsession with recording technology and his pioneering advances in the synchronization of movies and sound. Morris sweeps aside conspiratorial theories positing an enmity between Edison and Nikola Tesla and presents proof of their mutually admiring, if wary, relationship. Enlightened by seven years of research among the five million pages of original documents preserved in Edison’s huge laboratory at West Orange, New Jersey, and privileged access to family papers still held in trust, Morris is also able to bring his subject to life on the page—the adored yet autocratic and often neglectful husband of two wives and father of six children. If the great man who emerges from it is less a sentimental hero than an overwhelming force of nature, driven onward by compulsive creativity, then Edison is at last getting his biographical due.

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New York Times bestseller

A New York Times Pick of the Month

A #1 Amazon.com bestseller in Business Technology Innovation

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edmund Morris comes a revelatory new biography of Thomas Alva Edison, the most prolific genius in American history.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY TimePublishers WeeklyKirkus Reviews

Although Thomas Alva Edison was the most famous American of his time, and remains an international name today, he is mostly remembered only for the gift of universal electric light. His invention of the first practical incandescent lamp 140 years ago so dazzled the world—already reeling from his invention of the phonograph and dozens of other revolutionary devices—that it cast a shadow over his later achievements. In all, this near-deaf genius (“I haven’t heard a bird sing since I was twelve years old”) patented 1,093 inventions, not including others, such as the X-ray fluoroscope, that he left unlicensed for the benefit of medicine.

One of the achievements of this staggering new biography, the first major life of Edison in more than twenty years, is that it portrays the unknown Edison—the philosopher, the futurist, the chemist, the botanist, the wartime defense adviser, the founder of nearly 250 companies—as fully as it deconstructs the Edison of mythological memory. Edmund Morris, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, brings to the task all the interpretive acuity and literary elegance that distinguished his previous biographies of Theodore Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, and Ludwig van Beethoven. A trained musician, Morris is especially well equipped to recount Edison’s fifty-year obsession with recording technology and his pioneering advances in the synchronization of movies and sound. Morris sweeps aside conspiratorial theories positing an enmity between Edison and Nikola Tesla and presents proof of their mutually admiring, if wary, relationship.

Enlightened by seven years of research among the five million pages of original documents preserved in Edison’s huge laboratory at West Orange, New Jersey, and privileged access to family papers still held in trust, Morris is also able to bring his subject to life on the page—the adored yet autocratic and often neglectful husband of two wives and father of six children. If the great man who emerges from it is less a sentimental hero than an overwhelming force of nature, driven onward by compulsive creativity, then Edison is at last getting his biographical due.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

A masterpiece . . . A great president has finally found a great biographer. The Washington Post  
A towering biography. Time   Theodore Rex  
As a literary work on Theodore Roosevelt, it is unlikely ever to be surpassed. It is one of the great histories of the American presidency, worthy of being on a shelf alongside Henry Adams’s volumes on Jefferson and Madison. The Times Literary Supplement Colonel Roosevelt
Monumental . . . Morris is a stylish storyteller with an irresistible subject. The New York Times Book Review
“Hair-raising . . . awe-inspiring . . . a worthy close to a trilogy sure to be regarded as one of the best studies not just of any president, but of any American. San Francisco Chronicle
One of those rare works that is both definitive for the period it covers and fascinating to read for sheer entertainment. The New York Times Book Review  
The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
“Drawing on the archival riches of the papers of Thomas A. Edison at Rutgers University, Morris deconstructs the human dynamo.” Wall Street Journal
“The book’s unusual shape makes good plotting sense and builds anticipation: As Thomas Edison grows younger, readers grow closer to the moment he creates his most famous invention, the incandescent light bulb. Morris portrays the months leading up to this moment with cinematic power, giving equal weight to the intriguing details of Edison’s experiments and to his emotional state as he emerged, at last, from an abyss of failures.” Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Goes far beyond his most famous creation, the light bulb…[and] leaves readers in no doubt about the man’s astonishing brilliance, manic productivity and unparalleled impact on modern life.” New York Times Book Review
“This biography is the new standard for scholarship on the Wizard of Menlo Park and is a work that will long sustain Morris’s legacy.” Library Journal (starred review)
“In this sweeping biography..Morris vividly fleshes out Edison’s extraordinary intellect and industry…In amusing, literate prose…Morris sets Edison’s achievements against a colorful portrait of his splendid eccentricity…The result is an engrossing study of a larger-than-life figure who embodied a heroic age of technology.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“One of history’s most prolific inventors receives his due from one of the world’s greatest biographers…Morris rivetingly describes the personalities, business details, and practical uses of Edison’s inventions as well as the massive technical details of years of research and trial and error for both his triumphs and his failures.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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Author Bio: Edmund Morris

Author Bio: Edmund Morris

Edmund Morris (1940–2019) was a British–American author best known for his New York Times bestselling biographies. His biography The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt won the Pulitzer Prize and American Book Award in 1980. He was President Reagan’s authorized biographer and in 1999 wrote the bestseller Dutch: A Memoir of Ronald Reagan. He has written extensively on travel and the arts for such publications as the New Yorker, New York Times, and Harper’s. He was born and educated in Kenya and went to college in South Africa. He worked as an advertising copywriter in London before immigrating to the United States in 1968.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 25.09
Audience: Adult
Language: English