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Tesla: Inventor of the Modern by Richard Munson

Read by Charles Constant, with the recording produced by Highbridge Audio.

Reviewed by Ryan Paul Winn

Nikola Tesla was a prophet and a pariah—equally prone to dazzling peers and rankling investors. Relying heavily on primary sources, Richard Munson recounts the life of this idiosyncratic genius, a germaphobe and obsessive-compulsive whose pioneering work with electricity, radio, remote control, and robotics transformed the twentieth century. Charles Constant’s infectious delivery grounds the enigmatic Tesla, highlighting how personal quirks short-circuited his legacy.

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Ryan Paul Winn is a columnist and media critic who’s rarely without an audiobook or his earbuds. When not writing or teaching in the Liberal Studies department at College of Menominee Nation in Keshena, Wisconsin, he can be found researching overlooked history in local and national archives.