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  • Paperback: 86 pages
  • Publisher: Cosimo Classics (March 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602060576
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602060579
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My Inventions has been the primary source for all Tesla biographers. Editor Ben Johnston has a 16 page introduction that traces Tesla's career through a maze of sensationalism and controversy. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The reclusive, brilliant engineer who:
Invented the Niagra power system that made Edison's obsolete Sold Westinghouse 40 patents that broke a General Electric monopoly Discovered the radio methods that Marconi converted into a fortune Built a radio-guided torpedo before Ford ended the horse-and-buggy era Tried, with J.P. Morgan's backing, to change the earths electric charge! Joined giants Ampere, Watt, and Volta in history's most select circle when the world scientists named a new unit of magnetism and Tesla. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By Bailey on Dec 19 2013
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Loved it..This man had a VERY interesting childhood and young adulthood..With a mind like that, he was light years ahead of his time..We are finally catching up.
Next on my list is his autobio.
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By mike rogers on Nov. 9 2013
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great book about the man that gave us world power of electricity on this planet this man is the most genius person that ever lived....1000 years ahead of his time......
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Feb. 15 2004
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Mr. Tesla should have let someone else write his biography. Granted he was at his peak in the early 1900's, but much of the information he gives out about his life, especially his childhood years, is truly unbelievable - not in a good way.
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326 of 333 people found the following review helpful
NOT Nikola Tesla's MY INVENTIONS Jan. 15 2010
By Gary Peterson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is NOT Nikola Tesla's MY INVENTIONS, published in the ELECTRICAL EXPERIMENTER magazine, February-June and October, 1919 issues. It is a corrupted version of Tesla's autobiography titled THE STRANGE LIFE OF NIKOLA TESLA. The original document was published in booklet form a copy of which was found in a used bookstore in 1994, transcribed, and published on the Internet. The booklet was subsequently found to contain significant errors, omissions, revisions and also some additions that did not appear in the original 6-part serial text.

Buyer beware!
89 of 91 people found the following review helpful
The title describes it - Not My Life - My Inventions Oct. 19 2000
By "deinonychus" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The introduction material in this book written by Ben Johnston is well prepared, informative, and brief. It is a good introduction to the rest of the book which is Tesla's writing.
Tesla's own words can be tedious, but hey the language has changed a bit in the last 100 years. He takes a few rabbit trails and talks much of his inventions not what he thinks and feels. I would really like to know why he liked pigeons so much but he never says. What Tesla doesn't say, gives us insights to what is important to him. No serious study of Tesla can neglect this work.
For a more in-depth historical biography of the man see, Margaret Cheney's "Tesla, Man out of Time". ISBN 0-88029-419-1
98 of 103 people found the following review helpful
A shoddy edition of a text deserving of better Oct. 13 2008
By C. J. Kershner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The presentation of Nikola Tesla's fascinating life and work is manhandled in this edition of his autobiography, My Inventions.

The text is full of typographical errors; the letter "i" (referring to Tesla in the first-person) is rarely ever capitalized, and there are numerous misspellings of simple words. Paragraph breaks seem to have been inserted at random and, when compared to other editions, do not correspond with the others' layouts or chapters.

I do not know what Tesla's manuscript looked like or who is responsible for typesetting it for BNPublishing, but it is most telling that Amazon's link to look inside this book redirects to a different edition.
99 of 107 people found the following review helpful
Autobiography, easy to read March 11 2005
By Sandra - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
You can read this book in a weekend and it's very interesting.

It's his autobiography, his inventions.

It's available free on the internet in pdf.

You should buy "A man out of Time" instead.
52 of 58 people found the following review helpful
Look Into Tesla's Mind Jan. 14 2001
By Linden - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In this book, Tesla himslef explains the inner workings of his mind. To me, knowing how he actually came up with his inventions is the best any Tesla book could possibly get.


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