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This riveting new biography visits the spectacular life of Edwin Land, the founder of Polaroid and the father of instant photography. He is perhaps the most important, yet least known, inventor and technology entrepreneur in American history. Land’s most famous achievement was the creation of a revolutionary film-and-camera system that could produce a photographic print moments after the picture was taken.

Apple founder Steve Jobs hailed Edwin Land as “a national treasure” and once confessed to a reporter that meeting Land was “like visiting a shrine.” By his own admission, Jobs modeled much of his own career after Land’s.

A Triumph of Genius takes you behind the scenes of this reclusive genius’s discoveries, triumphs, and defeats.

You’ll learn details of Land’s involvement over four decades with top-secret US military intelligence efforts during World War II and through the Cold War in the service of seven American presidents. Additionally, you’ll get a first-hand look at one of our nation’s most important legal battles over intellectual property—Polaroid versus Kodak. This corporate and legal struggle is a story of almost operatic dimension. What began as a cooperative and collegial relationship ended in Kodak’s betrayal. The conflict led to an epic legal battle, a dramatic event for Land who, from the witness stand, personally starred in a compelling courtroom drama.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A really wonderful book! This is a great adventure story. Fierstein brings the story to life in such a way that at the end, the reader actually senses the huge emotional strain that such a long, fierce, and persistent battle entailed for those participating in it.”

    Paul M. Janicke, HIPLA Professor of Law, University of Houston Law Center

  • “The book will appeal to photographic historians but will also have a wider resonance for those interested in business history, management theory, and the history of science.”

    Dr. Michael Pritchard, FRPS, director-general, Royal Photographic Society

  • “The idea for a camera capable of producing pictures within seconds of being taken came to Land in 1943 when his young daughter expressed disappointment at waiting for images to be developed…When Kodak entered the instant photography market in 1976, Polaroid sued for patent infringement in a case that lasted fifteen years. Fierstein…provides a blow-by-blow account of the case, as well as its extensive backstory. American law enthusiasts will admire Fierstein’s meticulous research and analytical prose.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Students of patent law and those who are fascinated with the history of photography will likely have an enjoyable listening experience.”


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About the Author

Ronald K. Fierstein is a long-time intellectual-property lawyer and entertainment executive.