Includes bibliographical references (pages -237) and index.
The education of an innovator -- The invention factory -- The tinfoil phonograph -- A big bonanza : Edison's electric lighting system -- From Menlo Park to West Orange -- A phonograph in every home -- Motion pictures -- Portland cement -- Storage battery -- Edison in World War I -- Rubber -- Remembering the wizard.
Edison presents, in intimate detail, the man who helped engineer the modern world. One of history's most prolific inventors and perhaps America's first celebrity, Thomas Alva Edison did more than bring incandescent light into every household and industry; he created a world-renowned brand, raised capital to support research and business and pursued patents for his 1,000+ inventions. Leonard DeGraaf, archivist for the Thomas Edison National Historical Park, chronicles Edison's life and work, making lively and lavish use of never-before-published primary sources, including Edison's personal and business correspondence, lab notebooks, drawings and advertising material, along with both historic and modern photographs.