American Eclipse

  • by David Baron
  • Narrated by Jonathan Yen
  • 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the scorching summer of 1878, with the Gilded Age in its infancy, three tenacious and brilliant scientists raced to Wyoming and Colorado to observe a rare total solar eclipse. One sought to discover a new planet. Another - an adventuresome female astronomer - fought to prove that science was not anathema to femininity. And a young megalomaniacal inventor, with the tabloid press fast on his heels, sought to test his scientific bona fides and light the world through his revelations.
David Baron brings to three-dimensional life these three competitors - James Craig Watson, Maria Mitchell, and Thomas Edison - and thrillingly re-creates the fierce jockeying of 19th-century American astronomy. With spellbinding accounts of train robberies and Indian skirmishes, the mythologized age of the last days of the Wild West comes alive as never before. A magnificent portrayal of America's dawn as a scientific superpower, American Eclipse depicts a young nation that looked to the skies to reveal its towering ambition and expose its latent genius.

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Customer Reviews

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Just OK.

The book is more about the lives of contemporary scientists than about eclipses. Liked the little bit about history of women astrologists.
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- Melanie A Hwalek

Great prep for eclipse viewing

I'm not sure I'd have found this as interesting if I read it a couple years ago, but in the run-up to the Aug 21 2017 American eclipse it was really fun. Gave me a lot of interesting material to share with others traveling to see the eclipse like I was. Author does a good job of contextualizing the event, but ultimately the relative dearth of information about what regular folks thought about the 1878 eclipse means the bulk of the story is about the famous people involved and the general circumstances.
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- newyorkaise

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-06-2017
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books