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Includes:•Charles River Editors original biography of Thomas Edison•Edison His Life and Inventions by Frank Lewis Dyer and Thomas Commerford Martin"He led no armies into battle, he conquered no countries, and he enslaved no peoples... Nonetheless, he exerted a degree of power the magnitude of which no warrior ever dreamed. His name still commands a respect as sweeping in scope and as world-wide as that of any other mortal - a devotion rooted deep in human gratitude and untainted by the bias that is often associated with race, color, politics, and religion." Thomas Edison holds a unique legacy in the United States, but theres no denying that his inventions have benefited the world as a whole. Known as The Wizard of Menlo Park, every American knows that their nations most prolific inventor harnessed the power of electricity to create the first light bulb. But that was just one of over 1,000 patents Edison would establish during his life, as he not only dreamed up new devices but also revolutionized the way materials were mass produced. His lifes work heavily influenced everything from electric power, batteries and lighting to cement, telegraphy and mining. While Edisons inventions are important, what he represented was also critical to the nation as a whole. Edison represented the American Dream, specifically the notion that hard work can accomplish anything, and he always understood that himself, once exhorting the nation, "Be courageous! Whatever setbacks America has encountered, it has always emerged as a stronger and more prosperous nation." As one Edison biographer put it, Thomas Edison was more responsible than any one else for creating the modern world…No one did more to shape the physical/cultural makeup of present day civilization…" The Ultimate Thomas Edison Collection chronicles the amazing life and inventions of The Wizard of Menlo Park, but it also looks at little known facts about his life outside of his work. This collection includes two biographies of Edison, pictures, a bibliography, and a list of his patents. You will learn about Edison like never before.

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