Recently I read a book by John J. O’Neill called Prodigal Genius: The Life of Nikola Tesla, about a genius inventor, who was underappreciated despite being far greater than other inventors at the time such as Thomas Edison. Despite the author personally knowing Tesla, this book is know for being inaccurate. However, I knew that I would enjoy reading this book from the first page, as it was written is such a peculiar way I knew it was only going to get stranger.
This book took hyperbole to the extreme when enthusing about Tesla, which somehow made the book strangely entertaining. However, it is to the point of inaccuracy and to the point that you’re not sure what parts are true and what parts the author has blatantly made up. I am hesitant to recommend this book for this reason. If you want to actually learn about Tesla this is probably not the book for you.
I would compare this book to a blockbuster-popcorn movie: it is not of the highest quality and not all that realistic (despite it being a ‘biography’), but that is not why I read it, I read it because it was over the top and made for an entertaining reading experience. However, this book did get me interested in learning more about Tesla, so in this respect the book was a success.
Despite the author’s exaggeration, Nikola Tesla truly was a genius and without him we would not have most the electronics that we use today. Due to his importance to science and the modern world, after I do more research, I may devote a blog to describing his life and his achievements.
“Let the future tell the truth and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments. The present is theirs; the future, for which I really worked, is mine. ”