July Meeting

The Wizard of Menlo Park
by Randall Stross.
Ramsey Library – yes Hennepin Library – yes
384 pages 2007
In this entertaining biography, Stross (eBoys: The First Inside Account of Venture Capitalists at Work) approaches the life of Edison from an atypical angle: where scores of other biographers have focused on the genius's technical career, Stross presents Edison as the first self-conscious celebrity, a man deeply aware of the media's power and who wasn't afraid to use "the press's hunger

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  • Steph T.

    A very lively discussion on Edison and his contributions to US and World society. there were some differences of opinion on the discussion book for this month versus the Edison Bio from the 1960s (the only other one written). Each had a different take on the man's character. These led to a vibrant discussion.

    July 12, 2012

  • CurtM

    As an alternate view of Edison's work I am also reading the biography by Mathew Josephson. One thing that is interesting: Edison basically made the telephone work by improving Bell's invention and yet received no payments.

    July 2, 2012

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