As a young boy, Thomas Alva Edison always wanted to know the answer to the question "Why?" At the age of ten, he set up his first scientific laboratory in the basement of his home. Soon after, he sold candy on a train so he could buy chemicals for another laboratory he'd set up in the baggage car. He was always wondering and experimenting. Thomas Edison grew up to become a brilliant inventor. He began his amazing career improving the telegraph, and went on to invent the light bulb, motion pictures, and the phonograph. He installed New York City's first electrical system, and he made improvements in almost every means of communication in use today. Here is the lively story of the genius who forever changed life in the twentieth century - and beyond.
Beginning with Thomas Edison’s childhood, when he set up his first laboratory in his basement as a 10-year-old, and following through his many jobs before he was able to support himself as an inventor, this is the true story of the man who brought the world the phonograph, motion pictures, and even the electric light bulb—revolutionary inventions that forever changed the way people live.
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Margaret Cousins is also the author of the Landmark Book Ben Franklin of
Margaret Cousins was an editor and author of short stories and novels for children. In her career, she worked at Good Housekeeping and McCalls. She was also senior editor at Doubleday and was fiction and book editor at The Ladies Home Journal. Cousins is the author of the Landmark Books Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia and The Story of Thomas Alva Edison. She died in 1996.