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Empires of light [electronic resource] : Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Electrify the World. Jill Jonnes.

Jonnes, Jill. (Author).
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  • ISBN: 9781588360007 (electronic bk)
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource
  • Date Published: 2003.

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Summary, etc.: In the final decades of the nineteenth century, three brilliant and visionary titans of America's Gilded Age--Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and George Westinghouse--battled bitterly as each vied to create a vast and powerful electrical empire. In Empires of Light, historian Jill Jonnes portrays this extraordinary trio and their riveting and ruthless world of cutting-edge science, invention, intrigue, money, death, and hard-eyed Wall Street millionaires. At the heart of the story are Thomas Alva Edison, the nation's most famous and folksy inventor, creator of the incandescent light bulb and mastermind of the world's first direct current electrical light networks; the Serbian wizard of invention Nikola Tesla, elegant, highly eccentric, a dreamer who revolutionized the generation and delivery of electricity; and the charismatic George Westinghouse, Pittsburgh inventor and tough corporate entrepreneur, an industrial idealist who in the era of gaslight imagined a world powered...
Reproduction Note: Electronic reproduction. New York : Random House, 2003. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 4246 KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB).
Subject: Nonfiction.
Biography & Autobiography.
Genre: Electronic books.

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