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Nikola Tesla Nikola Tesla was a major figure in the world in which he lived. As the nineteenth century gave way to the twentieth, it was Tesla who would contribute to some of the world's most amazing inventions. It was Tesla's theories, patents, and experiments that would pave the way for the digital, wireless world we are so familiar with today. Tesla didn't enjoy the hig Nikola Tesla Nikola Tesla was a major figure in the world in which he lived. As the nineteenth century gave way to the twentieth, it was Tesla who would contribute to some of the world's most amazing inventions. It was Tesla's theories, patents, and experiments that would pave the way for the digital, wireless world we are so familiar with today. Tesla didn't enjoy the high honors bestowed on so many of his contemporaries, yet he enjoyed the power of knowing that it was his inventions that were powering the world, literally. Inside you will read about... ✓ Early Life ✓ Alternating Current and the Induction Motor ✓ Patents, Radio and X-rays ✓ Wardenclyffe Years ✓ Personal Life ✓ Later Years ✓ 10 Things You Never Knew About Nikola Tesla And much more! This book will take you through the life of Nikola Tesla. From his humble beginnings in Croatia to all he would accomplish as a citizen of the United States, Tesla shows how his imagination fueled his creativity and brought his inventions to life. See Nikola Tesla for what he truly was; an extraordinary visionary who sparked the world.


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Nikola Tesla Nikola Tesla was a major figure in the world in which he lived. As the nineteenth century gave way to the twentieth, it was Tesla who would contribute to some of the world's most amazing inventions. It was Tesla's theories, patents, and experiments that would pave the way for the digital, wireless world we are so familiar with today. Tesla didn't enjoy the hig Nikola Tesla Nikola Tesla was a major figure in the world in which he lived. As the nineteenth century gave way to the twentieth, it was Tesla who would contribute to some of the world's most amazing inventions. It was Tesla's theories, patents, and experiments that would pave the way for the digital, wireless world we are so familiar with today. Tesla didn't enjoy the high honors bestowed on so many of his contemporaries, yet he enjoyed the power of knowing that it was his inventions that were powering the world, literally. Inside you will read about... ✓ Early Life ✓ Alternating Current and the Induction Motor ✓ Patents, Radio and X-rays ✓ Wardenclyffe Years ✓ Personal Life ✓ Later Years ✓ 10 Things You Never Knew About Nikola Tesla And much more! This book will take you through the life of Nikola Tesla. From his humble beginnings in Croatia to all he would accomplish as a citizen of the United States, Tesla shows how his imagination fueled his creativity and brought his inventions to life. See Nikola Tesla for what he truly was; an extraordinary visionary who sparked the world.

30 review for Nikola Tesla: A Life From Beginning to End

  1. 5 out of 5

    varun

    I want everyone to read and recognize this great person.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Vincent

    This is one of the "hourly history" books that seem to be appearing from Amazon at the rate of two a week. They are short informative reads on various subjects and I have read a couple - some are OK for the length and the related subject but these are works with no human listed author and with the volume now I am wondering how they do it. I had no idea really who Tesla was and this was a good and easy opportunity to find out somethings. It was generally informative but lots of editorializing. Ok wi This is one of the "hourly history" books that seem to be appearing from Amazon at the rate of two a week. They are short informative reads on various subjects and I have read a couple - some are OK for the length and the related subject but these are works with no human listed author and with the volume now I am wondering how they do it. I had no idea really who Tesla was and this was a good and easy opportunity to find out somethings. It was generally informative but lots of editorializing. Ok with a known author of the caliber of a Walter Issacson or a Michael Korda but editorializing from an unknown and nameless entity is of little interest. Also with the volume of these "books" coming out I am curious if they are written or copied from a questionable source such as Wikipedia. Amazon prime customers like me (I think this is the category that gets access) get the chance to buy two "free" books weekly. Anyway I know more about Tesla and will conjure on it but not make bets. - This was the most editorialized of any of the very few of these I have read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Satwik Gawand

    Nikola Tesla: A Life From Beginning to End by Hourly History is a short yet amazing depiction of Nikola Tesla's life. I've always been fascinated by Nikola Tesla, yes because of all the inventions that helped the human kind take giant leaps, but mostly because of the death ray. He truly was a genius. The book depicts his success, conflicts, and tragedies, and brings forth his history and entire life story in a mere 41 pages. Nikola Tesla: A Life From Beginning to End by Hourly History is a short yet amazing depiction of Nikola Tesla's life. I've always been fascinated by Nikola Tesla, yes because of all the inventions that helped the human kind take giant leaps, but mostly because of the death ray. He truly was a genius. The book depicts his success, conflicts, and tragedies, and brings forth his history and entire life story in a mere 41 pages.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Saurabh Pandey

    A book on a man who has been one of the most celebrated scientists of this world, and who got numerous designation while living as well as after death. It is said that he had a photogenic kind of memory and he slept really less due to which he had ample time for his invention. This book is a collection of chapters which covers almost all the detail about the scientist and anyone who is interested in knowing about Nikola, he can refer to this book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rajesh Surana

    We as a humanity owe Tesla so much. Electricity to smartphones, 700+ of his inventions are still in use. Thank you author for bringing this biography to us.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Randy

    I normally do not read biographies, but because I'm a retired electrical engineer and am aware of the many contributions Nikola Tesla made, I was interested in learning more about him. It's amazing to find out even more about those things that we use every day that started with his ideas. He even designed a compact electric motor for a car in the late 1800s -- Elon Musk's Tesla follows this up. This book reads well, in my opinion, but it's not the kind that keeps you glued to the pages until the I normally do not read biographies, but because I'm a retired electrical engineer and am aware of the many contributions Nikola Tesla made, I was interested in learning more about him. It's amazing to find out even more about those things that we use every day that started with his ideas. He even designed a compact electric motor for a car in the late 1800s -- Elon Musk's Tesla follows this up. This book reads well, in my opinion, but it's not the kind that keeps you glued to the pages until the end. It's not long (48 pages), so it shouldn't take anyone long to read it. And it's free on Amazon!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Anirudh

    Nikola Tesla is quite the cult figure, especially after the 90s with a lot of inventions being attributed to his vision and experiments including wireless communication. However, he is also the scientist who became rather obscure after his death in the 1940s and even during his life; he was often described as the mad scientist. Best known for designing the modern alternating current (AC) supply system, this is a short biography of the scientist by Hourly History. The book starts with his birth i Nikola Tesla is quite the cult figure, especially after the 90s with a lot of inventions being attributed to his vision and experiments including wireless communication. However, he is also the scientist who became rather obscure after his death in the 1940s and even during his life; he was often described as the mad scientist. Best known for designing the modern alternating current (AC) supply system, this is a short biography of the scientist by Hourly History. The book starts with his birth in modern day Croatia, how he was very sharp in studies but eventually dropping out of college because of his gambling addiction. It goes to describe his working life with telephones at Budapest and job as a teaching assistant in Prague before finally moving on to the United States. He initially worked for Edison and later, with his game changing invention of a working alternating current (AC) system for Westinghouse, became Edison’s direct competitor. It talks about his legal disputes with Marconi over the invention of radio. Tesla was debt-ridden and the book eventually ends with his death in absolute penury and moving into obscurity. The book brought out the fact that Tesla was a visionary very well; that he imagined things and he worked to create them, even things which were unimaginable in his time such as wireless technology or alternating current. It also brought out how Tesla didn’t care for money so long as he was given his space to conduct experiments and invent things, such as how he tore up the royalty agreement with Westinghouse when the company was in crisis. The book was slightly annoying in parts, wherein, no less than three times was it mentioned that it we must all be thankful to Tesla for the radio, the smartphone we are holding, the tablet we’re using, etc. While the need to acknowledge his contribution is fine, I don’t think it is logical to expect people to thank Alexander Graham Bell when they dial a number, John Logie Baird when they switch on the television, etc. Similar to my point on Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s biography by Hourly History, Tesla too was an engineer and some diagrams and illustrations would have helped (such as the Tesla coil). Tesla did achieve a lot of things, but certainly not as what the cult projects, as being the inventor of practically everything and I might have appreciated the book more had they dedicated a small paragraph in the conclusion debunking those myths (such as Tesla inventing radar technology). I would award the book a rating of three on five.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Terri Gostola

    I learned a lot from this short biography. In the past I had watched a bio about Tesla on Netflix so I thought I knew a fair amount about him but this book had many facts I found interesting. Tesla was born on July 10, 1856, in modern day Croatia. From a very young age he could memorize entire books and mathematical tables that astounded those around him. He learned new languages easily and needed only a few hours sleep at night. He could perform integral in his head, the the point that teachers I learned a lot from this short biography. In the past I had watched a bio about Tesla on Netflix so I thought I knew a fair amount about him but this book had many facts I found interesting. Tesla was born on July 10, 1856, in modern day Croatia. From a very young age he could memorize entire books and mathematical tables that astounded those around him. He learned new languages easily and needed only a few hours sleep at night. He could perform integral in his head, the the point that teachers thought he was cheating. While walking through the park one day, Tesla had a vision that he quickly drew out as a diagram in the dirt to show his friend that demonstrated the principle of rotating magnetic fields created by two or more alternating currents. By the end of Tesla's life he was the inventor of alternating current, xrays, the radio, radar, hydroelectric energy, remote control, neon lighting, the modern classic motor, and wireless communication. He envisioned today's smartphone. Many of Tesla's inventions still remain classified to this day - People have requested some of them via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and when they received them they have been highly censored. His life was a struggle, he tangled with and was cheated by Thomas Edison, he gave up his royalties that Westinghouse owed him and that would have made him a very rich man, and he died alone and in poverty. He was inventing and creating theories in his head up the day that he died, all of which died with him because he carried everything in his head instead of putting the ideas on blueprints. By the end of this short biography I was left totally amazed by this remarkable man.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan H. LATER

    This was another tiny books. Roughly 36 pages on the Kindle. I enjoyed learning about Tesla. This man invented and spent his time working toward what is our present technological state. But what's more amazing was his work ethic. In today's world, younger people like me get a bad reputation. It comes jokingly, but I can also see how people don't have much faith in the younger, lazy generation. The "phone people". I, myself, don't spend anytime on the phone unless something important comes up, bu This was another tiny books. Roughly 36 pages on the Kindle. I enjoyed learning about Tesla. This man invented and spent his time working toward what is our present technological state. But what's more amazing was his work ethic. In today's world, younger people like me get a bad reputation. It comes jokingly, but I can also see how people don't have much faith in the younger, lazy generation. The "phone people". I, myself, don't spend anytime on the phone unless something important comes up, but still, I think that harder work would put me where I want to be in life. And Nikola Tesla might be the inspiration I've been looking for. I couldn't believe what this book was stating, so I did some research. The articles said the same. Nikola Tesla would work 20 hour days and sleep for 4 and get to work again. Rinse and repeat. He knew what he wanted to accomplish, failed, and continued to work on his inventions. Not only that, but even though his hard labor worked well and he did what he wanted, Tesla got paid little and even made some major mistakes where he didn't make the money he was truthy worth. He would have been the wealthiest man at that time, but he declined several times for some type of patents. That's amazing!! Not because of the money lost, but because he didn't care about the money. He cared about making electricity wireless. Something that is probably possible today, but the people need our money. Imagine no electric bill. Wow. Tesla was amazing. I recommend this title to anyone interested in Tesla. These Hourly History are fun to read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Douglas Larson

    This is the third Hourly History I have read and while the first two were informative and interesting this one was a bit of a disappointment. I did learn the major events of Tesla's life and followed more or less the timeline of that life, but I found that significant background to some of Tesla's discoveries to be missing. For example the author states that Tesla promoted alternating current and at one point in the book that Tesla invented it. It's true that he promoted AC with his inventions b This is the third Hourly History I have read and while the first two were informative and interesting this one was a bit of a disappointment. I did learn the major events of Tesla's life and followed more or less the timeline of that life, but I found that significant background to some of Tesla's discoveries to be missing. For example the author states that Tesla promoted alternating current and at one point in the book that Tesla invented it. It's true that he promoted AC with his inventions but it was discovered at least two decades before Tesla was born. But more than that I was hoping for a summary of electrical current, it's forms and uses and application in the world to give background to the state of the scientific and industrial world when Tesla was making his discoveries and inventions. That would have given the reader of this book a clearer picture of what Tesla was doing and how it would fit in. Such a background could have been summarized in 2 pages. Also, while the book progressed mostly along the timeline of Tesla's life, there were occasional jumps back and forward that made it a bit confusing. So while I did learn about Tesla, his dreams and accomplishments, I found that the literary omissions significantly detracted from my reading experience.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Madness Jones

    Nikola Tesla While the book is comparatively short, there is a lot of information about Nikola Tesla's life and legacy. The book is written in a biographical format rather than cliff note factoids, and helps to paint a picture of a man's life rather than simply helping a student study for a test. I will say that it is clear the author of this book thinks highly of Tesla, which means a lot of the wording is positive and glorifying. That being said, even some of the more unflattering views and occu Nikola Tesla While the book is comparatively short, there is a lot of information about Nikola Tesla's life and legacy. The book is written in a biographical format rather than cliff note factoids, and helps to paint a picture of a man's life rather than simply helping a student study for a test. I will say that it is clear the author of this book thinks highly of Tesla, which means a lot of the wording is positive and glorifying. That being said, even some of the more unflattering views and occurrences in Tesla's life are not omitted. On the one hand he had a brilliant mother, an illustrious career, and patented over 700 inventions. On the other hand he lived alone his entire life, thought survival of the fittest was preferable to pitying the weak, and built a death ray. No, really. A death ray. Hey, I guess I did learn something :) So anyway, I would recommend this book for someone who has some time to kill and wants to learn more about how an underdog worked his way to the top, and then fell slightly below that, and somehow changed the world anyway :)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Stefan

    Well, if you are looking for a bare-bones summary of what Nikola Tesla accomplished in his life (good or bad), yet do not want to dive into a full-on biography book, you can stop looking. This short little book is surprisingly informative. The man was a fascinating genius who just never received all the recognition and praise he deserved for what he invented and gave to the world. This is the second Hourly History book I have read, and they were both informative and enjoyable without being overly Well, if you are looking for a bare-bones summary of what Nikola Tesla accomplished in his life (good or bad), yet do not want to dive into a full-on biography book, you can stop looking. This short little book is surprisingly informative. The man was a fascinating genius who just never received all the recognition and praise he deserved for what he invented and gave to the world. This is the second Hourly History book I have read, and they were both informative and enjoyable without being overly bogged down with every little detail about the subject. They are short, to the point, and quick to read. They flow pretty nice, and somehow they get the entire start to finish story jammed into a few dozen pages.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Terrence Whitter

    After reading about the life of Nikola Tesla I can confirm that you should at least once read about Tesla's life and read about the up's and downs. His achievements and his downfalls. He is one of the most underrated Scientists although he has achieved many accomplishments that we do not give a second thought to. Tesla had an amazing intellect and could understand and solve complicated equations mathematical and Physics equations. But alas had a gambling addiction that would cause debt and doubt i After reading about the life of Nikola Tesla I can confirm that you should at least once read about Tesla's life and read about the up's and downs. His achievements and his downfalls. He is one of the most underrated Scientists although he has achieved many accomplishments that we do not give a second thought to. Tesla had an amazing intellect and could understand and solve complicated equations mathematical and Physics equations. But alas had a gambling addiction that would cause debt and doubt in what his purpose in life was. Overall the book had a brilliant overview on the Scientist Nikola Tesla.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Gian Andrea

    The book itself is pretty short, like all the books from the series, but Nikola Tesla was such a larger than life character that I wouldn't know how many books would be necessary to make him justice. This man was arguably one of the most influential, if not THE most, and at the same time underrated, thinker of this generation. A genius, scientist, engineer, inventor, he basically single-handedly created the 21th century and many of the inventions that we enjoy today. Fascinating figure, like reall The book itself is pretty short, like all the books from the series, but Nikola Tesla was such a larger than life character that I wouldn't know how many books would be necessary to make him justice. This man was arguably one of the most influential, if not THE most, and at the same time underrated, thinker of this generation. A genius, scientist, engineer, inventor, he basically single-handedly created the 21th century and many of the inventions that we enjoy today. Fascinating figure, like really we have seen. Sad history realized it too late.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Eliza - The Librocubicularist

    Concise history of a true genius ahead of his time. Just finished reading this book. What I liked most about it was that it wasn’t heavy reading and found him a true pioneer that really was ahead of his time. There are many instances throughout history where the true inventor does not get the credit or rewards for his dedication and hard work. To call him a genius is really an understatement. We all are richer as a result of his inventions and ideas that have subsequently been further developed b Concise history of a true genius ahead of his time. Just finished reading this book. What I liked most about it was that it wasn’t heavy reading and found him a true pioneer that really was ahead of his time. There are many instances throughout history where the true inventor does not get the credit or rewards for his dedication and hard work. To call him a genius is really an understatement. We all are richer as a result of his inventions and ideas that have subsequently been further developed by others. 

  16. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Clayton

    Great read. Sure, there is a lot for the beginner in the history of Tesla's life. But there are some juicy tidbits for those that read a lot and understand a lot about him that is valuable, right down to understanding some of the genuine nature of his prophetic dreams/visions and a good deal about his everyday life. I give it five stars though because it is a valuable treatise on Tesla and interestingly revealing about facts about him. Great read. Sure, there is a lot for the beginner in the history of Tesla's life. But there are some juicy tidbits for those that read a lot and understand a lot about him that is valuable, right down to understanding some of the genuine nature of his prophetic dreams/visions and a good deal about his everyday life. I give it five stars though because it is a valuable treatise on Tesla and interestingly revealing about facts about him.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mark Laufenberg

    I knew that Tesla was the inventor of Alternating Current and also of some of his other accomplishments, but I never knew the full extent of his genius. I found this to be one of the most interesting reads of the Hourly History series of books that I have read thus far. It's more than just a mundane list of his accomplishments; there are a lot of details regarding his personal life and eccentricities. If you don't know much about him, I think you'd find this book quite interesting. I knew that Tesla was the inventor of Alternating Current and also of some of his other accomplishments, but I never knew the full extent of his genius. I found this to be one of the most interesting reads of the Hourly History series of books that I have read thus far. It's more than just a mundane list of his accomplishments; there are a lot of details regarding his personal life and eccentricities. If you don't know much about him, I think you'd find this book quite interesting.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Pritesh Pawar

    Nikola Tesla is known by every technology geek. But why is he underrated? Why isn't he celebrated as compared to Newton or Einstein? He invented AC Current, X-Ray, Radio, Radar, Hydroelectric energy, remote control, neon lighting, electric motor, wireless communication, etc. The way he lived and the way he spent researching on his projects is explained nicely in this book. Plus, this is really a short book. Give it a try only if you love reading about science and technology. Nikola Tesla is known by every technology geek. But why is he underrated? Why isn't he celebrated as compared to Newton or Einstein? He invented AC Current, X-Ray, Radio, Radar, Hydroelectric energy, remote control, neon lighting, electric motor, wireless communication, etc. The way he lived and the way he spent researching on his projects is explained nicely in this book. Plus, this is really a short book. Give it a try only if you love reading about science and technology.

  19. 5 out of 5

    D. Thrush

    I like these Hourly History books that you can read in about an hour because they’re concise. You get all the basic information on a person or subject. Tesla was an interesting person. He was brilliant and obsessive about his work on alternating current (AC). He was a pioneer and many of the things we have today grew from his research and inventions. He was more influential than Edison, yet we don’t learn about him in history class. He died alone and in poverty, yet we owe him so much.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Aprita Mandal

    Nikola tesla life story for those who want to learn how to not give excuses and work hard for their goal. It has some lessons which are different from usual life lessons, his story is very real and somewhat connecting to those who come from a poor family and want to do great things. Though I don't agree with his philosophy of leaving alone but again it's his choice, other than that it is a good book. Nikola tesla life story for those who want to learn how to not give excuses and work hard for their goal. It has some lessons which are different from usual life lessons, his story is very real and somewhat connecting to those who come from a poor family and want to do great things. Though I don't agree with his philosophy of leaving alone but again it's his choice, other than that it is a good book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Praneeth Peiris

    This is a short book and perfectly fit your coffee break. Although the information presented covers the important stages of Tesla's life. But there is an unnecessary repetition of facts such as his contribution to the technology, his debts, anti-social behavior etc. Other than that, I think this is a good book to know who Tesla is and his great contributions to the technology. This is a short book and perfectly fit your coffee break. Although the information presented covers the important stages of Tesla's life. But there is an unnecessary repetition of facts such as his contribution to the technology, his debts, anti-social behavior etc. Other than that, I think this is a good book to know who Tesla is and his great contributions to the technology.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Udit Nair

    Nikola Tesla undoubtedly is one of the most underrated legend that science has ever witnessed. Our school system taught us about Edison but it never mentioned Tesla. Well I will leave it to history why that was the case. But this short and crisp compilation can be the gateway book which can lead some to explore more.

  23. 4 out of 5

    David Parker

    So little appreciation for people who are different Incredible person with remarkable thoughts and s few strange one but probably would have been shaped differently with social interactions. We are truly in a better world because of Tesla and sad that Edison and Marconi took/given credit for his ideas.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Donald Rasmussen

    I enjoy the Hourly History books for an afternoon read. Interesting information on the subject with a detail to satisfy and encourage me to study more on each subject. This book was an excellent history on the contributions that Nikola Tesla provided to the implementation of the electrical infrastructure of this nation. And how he was treated by history.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    I wasn't impressed. Tesla was a pig towards woman, batshit crazy towards the end of his life and I fail to understand his greatness. Also, I found the author of this volume quite rude and felt talked down to. Not pleased. I wasn't impressed. Tesla was a pig towards woman, batshit crazy towards the end of his life and I fail to understand his greatness. Also, I found the author of this volume quite rude and felt talked down to. Not pleased.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Brian Parrott

    Interesting short read Interesting content, so I can't give less than a 3-star, but it honestly felt like reading a high school essay more than a published book. It was written at the knowledge level and left all higher thinking to the reader's imagination. Interesting short read Interesting content, so I can't give less than a 3-star, but it honestly felt like reading a high school essay more than a published book. It was written at the knowledge level and left all higher thinking to the reader's imagination.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    Brief but fascinating look at the life of a man that made the commercial use of electricity possible but also invented and pioneered many other things such as electric induction motors and the use of radio waves even before Marconi claimed to have invented it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Atila Yumusakkaya

    A short book. It gives a very good idea about who Tesla was and what he did in his life time. The unnecessary technical details for ordinary readers were omitted which makes the book readable without losing interest. Once again I clearly understand we owe much to people like Tesla.

  29. 4 out of 5

    William

    This book felt like a series of loosely connected essays written for an eighth grade group project. There were improperly formatted quotations, outright contradictions, and points of significantly unclear interpretation. I do NOT recommend this book to anyone.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Magenta Periwinkle

    Tesla was more unique than I knew I enjoyed reading this book and learning about Tesla. I thought I already knew a lot about him but turns out I hardly knew anything. He was way before his times.

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