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Lightning Strikes: Timeless Lessons in Creativity from the Life and Work of Nikola Tesla

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Seventy years after his death, Nikola Tesla has become a rock star. Lightning Strikes examines his complete life and legacy, including Tesla’s profound influence on everything from systems integration to drone warfare. Engineers, entrepreneurs, and academics will find it invaluable not only for the never-before-published interviews and archives, but also for the creative p ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 11th 2016 by Sterling
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Peter Z.
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book isn't an ordinary biography, or even a raving lionization of an unsung futurist. What you have here is a story told in three parts: a biography of Tesla himself; a deep examination of his controversial personality (genius, possibly diagnosably mentally ill, and everything in between) who persevered and overcame tremendous misfortune to change the world and yet died penniless; and a reflection on how Tesla's personality and daily activities and routines might inspire us to greater level ...more
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Nov 27, 2016 rated it liked it
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I received an advance reading copy of this book, for free, through Goodreads First Reads program in exchange for my honest review.

Lightning Strikes: Timeless Lessons in Creativity from the Life and Work of Nikola Tesla, by John F. Wasik, is an odd book. Not a bad book per se, but definitely not what I expected it to be. I was expecting more of a traditional biography of Tesla, however, at times I felt as if I were reading multiple books at once. This book was all over the place; really disjointe
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Lawrence Carrington
I had abandoned another biography of Tesla, which delved deeply into the engineering and physics of his inventions. What I liked about this one was the focus on the man and his beliefs, and the people around him.
While technically it may not be a very good biography, it is a an easy read and a superb introduction to the engineer who built the 20th century.
Susan Csoke
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
John F Wasik examines Teslas legacy. He explains how hundreds of Teslas ideas are implemented in todays global technical developments and those who have been inspired by Teslas many powerful ideas and world changing endeavors. THANK YOU GOODREADS FIRST READS FOR THIS FREE BOOK!!!!!
Kristen Frankie
This book was very informative about Tesla's life & achievements as well as a bit of a self-help book. It was definitely interesting to learn about Tesla and all that he went through.
Tom Lane
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rather than a biography as such, nor a technical description and assessment of his inventions (though either of those would be enjoyable, too), this book emphasizes the traits that made Tesla creative. Each chapter ends with an invitation to reflection: how can the reader apply Tesla's thought processes to enhance one's own creativity. A pleasantly readable look at the personality of an innovator who has become a pop icon.
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