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Recommended Reading from the Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On August 26th

Want to find out more about the famous friendship of Thomas Edison & Henry Ford? Or perhaps you would like to explore the landscapes and architecture of historic Florida? Maybe you are interested in finding out more about local history or the fascinating story behind the Edison Botanic Research Laboratory? Consult our Recommended Reading List for our top book and DVD picks for readers of all ages and interests.

The Edisons in Fort Myers

Tom Smoot’s The Edisons of Fort Myers: Discoveries of the Heart (2004) is a page-turner that delves into the Fort Myers experiences of the Edisons.

The Florida Life of Thomas Edison
by Michele Albion (2008) provides essential insights into both Thomas Edison and turn of the century Fort Myers.

The Edison and Ford Winter Estates Guide (2006) provides a comprehensive overview of Edison’s Fort Myers retreat.

The Edison and Ford Quote Book (2004) is provides a great reference to the quotes of these historic friends.

Florida History

Cracker: The Cracker Culture in Florida History
(2006) by Dana Ste Claire blends history, folklore and anthropology to examine the Florida cracker.

A Land Remembered
by Patrick Smith (1996) is an award-winning historic novel set in the wilds of 19th century South Florida. A student edition is also available.

Michael Gannon’s A History of Florida in 40 Minutes or Less (2007) provides a fast-paced introduction to Florida history and includes a CD with accompanying audio content.

Thomas Edison

In Edison: Inventing the Century (2001), Neil Baldwin provides an authoritative, page-turning biography.

Paul Israel’s Edison: A Life of Invention (1998) is an extensively researched, critically lauded biographical work.

AC/DC: The Savage Tale of the First Standards War
by Tom McNichol details the fascinating clash between alternating and direct current.

Edison’s Family & Friends Recipes
(2006) is a glimpse back in time to the recipes treasured by the Edisons.

Henry Ford

Stephen Watt’s The People’s Tycoon: Henry Ford and the American Century (2005) explores the life, legacy and cultural impact of Henry Ford.

To explore the Ford family in greater detail, try Richard Bak’s Henry and Edsel: The Creation of the Ford Empire (2003).

Clara: Mrs. Henry Ford
(2002) by Ford R. Bryan examines the life and times of Henry Ford’s staunchest supporter, whom he often called “The Believer”—his wife, Clara Ford.

Florida Homes & Gardens

University of Florida professor Ronald Haase appeals to both history and architecture enthusiasts with Classic Cracker: Florida’s Wood-Frame Vernacular Architecture (1992).

In Historic Homes of Florida (2003), Stewart & Hupp present a visually striking showcase of historic Florida residences.

Great Houses of Florida
(2008) by Dunlop & Lombard captures Florida’s most historic homes through insightful writing and stunning photography.

A renowned local favorite, Nehrling’s Early Florida Gardens (2001) is authoritative and comprehensive.

Rubber & Botanical Research

For the fascinating story of Edison, Ford, and Firestone’s domestic rubber research, watch The Wizard’s Laboratory: Edison’s Quest for Rubber in 1927 (DVD, 2008), produced by WGCU.

Greg Grandin details Ford’s strange but true endeavor to create a massive rubber plantation on the banks of the Amazon River in Fordlandia: The Rise and Fall of Henry Ford’s Forgotten Jungle City (2010).

In Growing American Rubber: Strategic Plants and the Policies of National Security (2009), author Mark Finlay details the American quest to produce rubber, set in a global context, as well as the Florida connection.

Picks for Children

TIME magazine’s Thomas Edison: A Brilliant Inventor (2005) by Lisa Demauro is a great introduction to the inventor– written just for kids!

For TIME magazine’s take on the life of Henry Ford, read Henry Ford: Putting the World on Wheels by Dina Elnabi (2008).

Edison & The Light Bulb
(2007) by Scott R. Welvaert tells Edison’s story of perseverance and determination through the lens of a comic book!

Curator’s Pick for Conservation

For a behind the scenes glimpse into the world of museum preservation, Saving Stuff (2005) by the Smithsonian’s Don Williams details how antiques and other items are cared for.

 All of the above titles, as well as many others, are available in our Museum Stores and online!


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    […] Want to know more? Read Inventing the Century by Neil Baldwin (available in our Museum Store) for an in-depth look at the cultural impact of Edison’s inventions. Or check out our recommended reading list. […]

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