Nikola Tesla: Imagination and the Man That Invented The 20th Century

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by Sean Patrick

Now that I have had the time to think over this book, I would like to say that I enjoyed it a little more than I thought I did when it came to the ending. I liked it very much but the title tricked me.

Nikola Tesla is a Serbian engineer who is the father of many things from modern electricity (with AC) and radio. He had a tough battle with Edison who wanted direct currents to monopolize the world but Tesla was so dedicated to his work and his desire to share both cheap and efficient electricity with the public. Nikola’s tragic and lonely death was incredibly wrong but in the end we are able to give Tesla all the credit he deserves.

There. I pretty much gave you the entire book within that little paragraph.

I have no idea what Sean Patrick was thinking tricking people to read this book. It was a mean trick and I honestly do not respect him for using Tesla to peddle his agenda about imagination and creativity.

The first 25% of the book has to deal with sports and quotes from random individuals from Mark Twain to…I can’t even remember it was so ridiculous. On my kindle, it wasn’t until I reached the 30% mark that Tesla was even mentioned, but not until later that we actually get his biography. The large portion of the book is Sean Patrick’s little argument that we should all embrace our imagination and work for 10,000 hours in order to be perfect for what we do.

The biography on Tesla’s life is so generic and general you can either go on Wikipedia or read some 6th grader’s biography on Tesla and they just copy-pasted some junk from a history site.

Actually, go on Wikipedia. You’d probably get a more in-depth biography that is written ten times better than what is in this book. What was the most frustrating with this book is that at the end of his short little book in which 40% at most is dedicated to Tesla’s life, is that the guy peddles his other books on imagination and being “a genius”. I wasn’t impressed.

I believe Sean Patrick is a pretty decent guy. I never met him or read anything over than this but his desire to share his idea to readers at no cost is a nice gesture. He asks for suggestions for you to email him some suggestions and ideas. Hell, he even used the she pronoun when mentioning genius.

A genius answers those questions audaciously and lavishly. She dares to imagine everything and anything as possible, and carries our culture to worlds that never were. You can do the same.

Hell yeah! However, like most people who read this book, I felt like I was tricked into reading this book and that really did put me in a bad mood while reading. This isn’t a book about Tesla, more like some self-help (think of Patrick Swayze’s character from Donnie Darko) speech about how we should be all we can be. Maybe something that a young person can read to inspire them to go to college or pursue their dreams? Maybe I’m too jaded for this book.

Information about Tesla

For an amazing understanding of alternating current, see:

Does Tesla, Tesla coil, and alternating current sound familiar? Maybe because you have played the amazing game inFamous 2. 


The use of coils, Tesla missles, and ampifiers are very Tesla-esque as they covered a lot of Tesla’s more fantastic and dreamy ideas.



There was even an excellent Kickstarter project where you could back up a project of a deck of playing cards that focused on the Edison x Tesla War of Currents


More Links:

 Tesla Society website

How Stuff Works: Tesla’s Work

PBS: War of the Currents

Energy. Gov: AC vs DC

A Poster on the Tesla and Edison Current War

A Comic on why Tesla is the most amazing person who ever lived