Nikola Tesla was a mysterious character, and Perko and Stahl unravel that life for readers. Most people recognize Tesla only as a brand of electric car; a few remember the name in conjunction with the Tesla coil “contraption” of school physics classes, but he contributed much more to civilization than just those oddities. In fact, modern life as we know it might not exist were it not for Tesla and his genius, curiosity, and innovation. Somehow school instruction “credits” Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Edison for “discovering” electricity. While that may be factual, in truth it was Tesla who tamed and harnessed electricity, and this controlling of electricity is what enabled modern society to progress. If one wonders what life would be like without power, even for a moment, an hour, or a lifetime, then thank Tesla for not having this worry.
Nikola Tesla’s birth almost foretold his unique spot in history. He was born precisely at midnight, between July 9 and July 10, 1856. Perko and Stahl explore the Tesla not shown in history books. He struggled with internal demons throughout his life, but perhaps those personal struggles fueled his fanatical curiosity and unrelenting drive. Tesla’s life was filled with strangeness, but with that strangeness came imagination, innovation and creativity.
“Tesla — His Tremendous and Troubled Life” shows readers the Tesla who had an instinct for solving problems. I received a review copy from Marko Perko, Stephen M Stahl, and The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group. Tesla was a true visionary; a person with a healthy disregard for the impossible who thought outside the box before most people even knew there was a box.
If you are looking for a book that will make you think about everything around you, read this one.