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Reluctant Genius

The Passionate Life and Inventive Mind of Alexander Graham Bell


 On Sale: 13/09/2007
 Formats:     Trade paperback | E-Book
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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 A lec 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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Critical Praise for Reluctant Genius

"Rich in detail and measured in pace.... It is not only a fascinating book about an important inventor ... but also a good story about two lives well lived."
The Globe and Mail

ISBN: 9780006394761; ISBN10: 0006394760; On Sale: 13/09/2007; Format: Trade paperback; Trimsize: ; Pages: 480; $22.95; Ages: 1 and Up

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