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New York, 1888. Gas lamps still flicker in the city streets, but the miracle of electric light is in its infancy. The person who controls the means to turn night into day will make history - and a vast fortune.
A young untested lawyer named Paul Cravath, fresh out of Columbia Law School, takes a case that seems impossible to win. Paul's client, George Westinghouse, has been sued by Thomas Edison over a billion-dollar question: Who invented the lightbulb and holds the right to power the country?
The case affords Paul entry to the heady world of high society - the glittering parties in Gramercy Park mansions and the more insidious dealings done behind closed doors. The task facing him is beyond daunting. Edison is a wily, dangerous opponent with vast resources at his disposal - private spies, newspapers in his pocket, and the backing of J. P. Morgan himself. Yet this unknown lawyer shares with his famous adversary a compulsion to win at all costs. How will he do it?
In obsessive pursuit of victory, Paul crosses paths with Nikola Tesla, an eccentric, brilliant inventor who may hold the key to defeating Edison, and with Agnes Huntington, a beautiful opera singer who proves to be a flawless performer onstage and off. As Paul takes greater and greater risks, he'll find that all in his path are playing their own games, and none are quite who they seem.
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By Taryn on 12-19-16
Favorite book of 2016
I truly loved this book. Not knowing much about the patent wars between Edison, Westinghouse and Tesla it opened up my mind to a fascinating chapter in history. While this is historical fiction I appreciated the fact that the author tells us what was truth and what was changed in each chapter. The book enouraged me to learn more about the time, the patent wars and to learn about Tesla - quite an unusual character! Narration was wonderful. If you only listen to one book this year, make it this one! You will not be sorry.
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By E. J. Reich on 08-24-16
Compelling story-telling, well delivered in audio! I'm not much of a history buff, which lends great support to Moore's rendering significant pieces of history into a page turning (audio equivalent) novel. Fascinating dip into the world of lawyers, scientists and businessmen. Transcends it's point in time in history.
I was very pleased Moore included a final chapter clarifying what facts he wove into this telling. It was so engaging I began Googling bits halfway through, attempting to sleuth out fact from fiction. So thank you, Mr. Moore, for saving me the trouble. We'll done indeed!
26 of 26 people found this review helpful