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Empires of Light is the gripping history of electricity, the "mysterious fluid," and how the fateful collision of Edison, Tesla, and Westinghouse left the world utterly transformed.

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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 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, an eccentric dreamer who revolutionized the generation and delivery of electricity; and the charismatic George Westinghouse, Pittsburgh inventor and corporate entrepreneur, an industrial idealist who in the era of gaslight imagined a world powered by cheap and plentiful electricity and worked heart and soul to create it.

Empires of Light is the gripping history of electricity, the "mysterious fluid," and how the fateful collision of Edison, Tesla, and Westinghouse left the world utterly transformed.

"Superb narration . . . A vital contribution to understanding the Gilded Age and the innovators and financiers who powered industrialization." ---Library Journal Audio Review

"A very accessible and informative historical account that will be fascinating reading for a general audience as well as those with a more specialized interest." ---Booklist

“A rollicking story of competitive zeal . . . [the book] delivers richly on its promise: chronicling a vital stage of American progress as seen through the lives of three mavericks.” ---The Wall Street Journal

“Thoughtful and well paced.” ---Kirkus

“Jonnes serves up plenty of color in an engaging and relaxed style.” ---Publishers Weekly

"I found the societal implications of electricity to be fascinating." ---The Maiden's Court

Empires of Light

Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Electrify the World

Author Jill Jonnes

Narrated by Chris Sorensen

Publication date Jan 31, 2017

Running time 17 hrs

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