By Edmund Morris
634 pages, Random House, 2019
It’s terrific. America’s (maybe world’s) best inventor,
Edison’s bulb lit up the world. He was also very strange and a bad dad, husband, and business man, often near bankruptcy. But he could jump?. Challenged by Henry Ford at a party, Edison, 68, kicked a chandelier, smashing it to smithereens. OTC’s John Altendorf, 73, world age group champion pole vaulter, said with practice his best possible chandelier kick would fall short at six feet.