Reluctant Genius: The Passionate Life and Inventive Mind of Alexander Graham Bell

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HarperCollins Canada, Sep 27, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 480 pages
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Impeccably researched, and written with Charlotte Gray’s unerring eye for personal and historical detail, Reluctant Genius tells the story of a man very different from his public image. Most of us think of Alexander Graham Bell as a white-bearded sage, but the young Alec Bell was a passionate and wild-eyed genius, a man given to fits of brilliance and melancholy. His technologies for photophones, tetrahedrals, flying machines and hydrodomes laid the groundwork for future achievement. And he adored his wife, Mabel, a beautiful, deaf young woman from a blueblood Boston family. Gray goes where no other writer has gone, delving deeply into Bell’s personality and into his intense relationship with Mabel, whose background and temperament were a startling contrast to his own. Reluctant Genius takes us on an intimate journey into the golden age of invention and the vibrant life of a man whose work shaped our world.

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Review: Reluctant Genius: The Passionate Life and Inventive Mind of Alexander Graham Bell

User Review  - Sandy Yang - Goodreads

Charlotte Gray made reading biography easy. She also made the readers think, if Alexander Graham Bell can do that, I can do that! (One of the reasons Zig Ziglar encouraged people to read biographies ... Read full review

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Readable and absorbing. Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Charlotte Gray, one of Canada’s pre-eminent biographers and historians, has won many awards for her work, including the prestigious Pierre Berton Award for a body of historical writing, the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction, the Ottawa Book Award and the CAA Birks Family Foundation Award for Biography. over nine books, she has brought our past to life. Gray is a Member of the order of Canada and was a panelist on the 2013 edition of CBC Radio’s Canada Reads. She lives in Ottawa.

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