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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Nature, Scientific Discovery, Equality, & Eclipse
- Frank E. Tippin
Don't listen to Jonathan Yen!
A reader who simply read the book, rather than someone who dramatized every word, so much so that I couldn't stand to listen to it. Just tell the tale!!
Great idea for a book. Hope to read it some time.
Too dramatic and inflected. Just read the thing!! The inflections were so distracting I couldn't hear the story, and avoided it.
Great book, good idea for a book.
- LEE WARREN