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The Last Days of Night kindle ✓ Kindle Edition read ↠ [Reading] ➽ The Last Days of Night By Graham Moore – 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 histoNew 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 uestion Who invented the light bul The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore is a 2016 Random House publication I have been on a wait list for this book I kid you not for FOUR MONTHS So the big uestion is Was it worth the wait? YES WOW Who knew light bulbs were so fascinating? This is a fictional account of the ‘war’ between Thomas Edison General Electric and George Westinghouse over patent rights inventions and the law It’s also a novel about genius competitiveness obsession and madness All the major characters in the book were actual people and most of the events described really took place only maybe not in the same particular seuence which made the story even fascinating and authentic The uotes used at the beginning of each chapter are amazing and the author was especially clever in choosing uotes from Bill Gates and Steve Jobs who were also fierce competitors Paul Cravath is hired by George Westinghouse to plead his patent dispute over who invented the light bulb pitting him against Thomas Edison who got the patent first Paul is inexperienced idealistic still has a strong moral code and is of course way out of his depth Paul also finds himself falling in love with a famous singer Agnes Huntington who will become his inspiration for all he does and is instrumental in helping Nikola Telsa during a dark and confusing time Nikola Telsa envelops every corner of the story and his presence is haunting and poignant Despite his character playing of a secondary part he is still larger than life The ‘politics’ of patent law the drive to win at all costs the toll it takes on one’s conscience ideals and innocence teaches Paul some valuable life lessons The challenges inventors and innovators face the cut throat competition the public perceptions and even the sacrifice of convictions all made for money for poweror for the sake of winning is an eye opening journeyI was endlessly impressed with the sharp minds of Edison and Westinghouse the machinations of JP Morgan and of course the genius of Telsa even if I didn’t really like the way they did things and uestioned their motives and moral fiber on many occasions The twists come fast and furious and the emotions run high as the suspense builds in this high stakes drama Paul learns a lot about himself in the end as much as he learns about life and I was pleased that he used this experience as lesson a teaching moment and did not allow it to poison his heart but instead led him to seek out loftier goals This book is informative very interesting and completely absorbing The only problem was that it had to end and it ended all too soon The writing is exceptional the history is amazingly detailed and very well researched and constructed especially since there was were so many major events packed into a much shorter span of time than they actually unfolded in real life I intend to add the books the author suggested to my reading list to get a detailed non fictional accounting of these events as well After reading this book I realize how spectacular the light bulb is Other than when I'm trying to choose an energy efficienct bulb I never give them much thought much less ponder on how it all works in the first place I don't think I will flippantly flick on light switch again5 stars

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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 on stage and off As Paul takes greater and greater risks he'll find that everyone in his path is playing their own game and no one is uite who they see I have read a few biographical pieces about Thomas Edison of late as well as Graham Moore’s latest piece of uasi legal fiction so I thought the blend here would do me some good Set in the latter part of the 19th century the story opens with a horrible electrocution of a worker who is trying to deal with a fallen electrical line Paul Cravath a young attorney witnesses this and finds himself pulled into the middle of a clash of titans like no other Cravath arrives to see Thomas Edison with a purpose to declare that he is being sued for his declaration that he created the ‘light bulb’ While Edison is not surprised he assures Cravath that he holds the patent and that George Westinghouse—Cravath’s client a fellow inventor—is sure to lose While Cravath begins building his case he is thrust into the world of electricity and the science behind it He and Westinghouse feel that they will need to get inside Edison’s mind assuring them of legal victory The best way of doing that will be to secure the cooperation of a fellow inventor and scientist Nikola Tesla A uniue character if ever this is one Tesla speaks in his jilted English about his new finding the alternating current while Edison rose to prominence with direct current Tesla is helpful at providing some insight though he too soon tires of the drama and wants only to further the scientific discoveries of electricity Cravath crosses paths with a young woman whose attention serves to distract him from the weighty legal situation under which he finds himself This connection keeps Cravath from working as effectively to help his client and in part leads to an almost deadly situation It would seem that Edison is trying to mute his foes in order to keep his reputation from being tarnished That being said it will take than the science that Tesla spouts and the proprietary determination that Westinghouse has to see Thomas Edison fall to his proverbial knees Cravath works through the legal findings as best he can though there are powerful forces that seek to see Edison prevail and have his direct current serve to light the way towards electrical innovation A wonderful legal thriller mixed with historical fiction that will keep the reader hooked throughout Recommended to those who enjoy a mystery pulled from the history books as well as the reader with an interest in all things scientificA book of this nature works best for the reader who loves fiction but also enjoys learning a great deal along the way Set in and around 1888 Moore transports the reader to a time when electrical innovation was becoming commonplace and Thomas Edison was a giant among men Paul Cravath serves as an interesting character who much like the reader may know little about electricity but is eager to learn He must understand the realm in which he finds himself in order to argue effectively and see victory in the courts He is astute but also too loyal blinded by work and his heart from seeing what is transpiring before him While he is the plaything of two maybe three men Cravath brings much to the story in his focus on the legal nuances of patents and propriety He is also trying to make sense of the speed at which society is accepting anything that Edison says even if it might have dire conseuences Others prove to be highly effectively supporting characters some historical figures and others those invested with the author’s pen Moore uses all these people are effective vessels to sell his story and keep the reader wanting to know So much so that I find myself wanting to know about some of these titans to decipher what facts are blurred with fiction The story was delightful though dense at times as the reader is taken into the late 19th century and the innovations that were still freshly emerging Moore is able to use his mix of short and longer chapters to tell a story that will piue the interest of some readers tending to offer a different negative? perspective of the giant Edison My biographical reading of the man’s work did not touch extensively on the Westinghouse disputes though I am sure there were intense and full of legal pitfalls I will leave it to the reader to discover all that Moore presents but admit that the story is than a legalcourtroom thriller but also a well paced historical tale that shines ‘light’ on many of the heavyweights at the time with a peppering of personal growth for some of the characters I have another historical thriller of Moore’s to read and am anticipating how well that will goKudos Mr Moore for a highly educational read I felt as though I learned as much as I was entertained Masterful work to say the leastLikehate the review? 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The Last Days of NightB 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 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 Enlightening