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The Last Days of Night (2016)

por Graham Moore

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Fiction. Thriller. Historical Fiction. HTML:NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER  A world of invention and skulduggery, populated by the likes of Edison, Westinghouse, and Tesla.Erik Larson
 
A model of superior historical fiction . . . an exciting, sometimes astonishing story.The Washington Post
  
From Graham Moore, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Imitation Game and New York Times bestselling author of The Sherlockian, comes a thrilling novelbased on actual eventsabout the nature of genius, the cost of ambition, and the battle to electrify America.

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 historyand a vast fortune. A young untested lawyer named Paul Cravath, fresh out of Columbia Law School, takes a case that seems impossible to win. Pauls client, George Westinghouse, has been sued by Thomas Edison over a billion-dollar question: Who invented the light bulb and holds the right to power the country?

The case affords Paul entry to the heady world of high societythe 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 disposalprivate 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 on stage and off. As Paul takes greater and greater risks, hell find that everyone in his path is playing their own game, and no one is quite who they seem.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST AND THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

A satisfying romp . . . Takes place against a backdrop rich with period detail . . . Works wonderfully as an entertainment . . . As it charges forward, the novel leaves no dot unconnected.Noah Hawley, The New York Times Book Review.
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I tease my husband about being a nerd because he is ALWAYS thinking and learning, but when it comes to well-researched and well-written historical fiction, I am a total nerd too. This book is a great example of my nerdiness coming to the front. I have no particular interest in Edison, Westinghouse or Tesla, although I recognize their genius. But this book and the research and the story…so interesting!!! I really enjoyed listening to it and definitely recommend it to all my nerdy book friends out there! ( )
  snewell2 | Jun 24, 2024 |
A fascinating historical fiction look into the one vying and legal history of the lightbulb. I enjoyed how the author took technicalities of science and the workings of the lightbulb and put them into layman’s terms. Paul is a likeable character and I was rooting for him the entire time. There were many twists and turns I didn’t see coming, and like Paul, I was blind to the strategies and game-playing other characters did. The love story with Agnes added a nice interpersonal, human touch.

*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.* ( )
  JaxlynLeigh | Apr 3, 2024 |
excellent historical fiction similar to E. L. Doctorow ( )
  GordonPrescottWiener | Aug 24, 2023 |
The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore turns back the clock to 1888 to when Westinghouse and Edison were locked in a patent fight. Yeah, this novel focuses on patent law. That should have been my first clue that this novel wouldn’t be for me. All of the descriptions for it made it sound so exciting. Goodreads calls it “thrilling novel based on actual events.” They mention gaslights and Tesla, and I was sold. But the main character, Paul, who is caught in the patent law struggle, is about as interesting as eggshell paint. The portrayal of historical figures—actual people—as villains, weirdos, and curmudgeons makes me incredibly uncomfortable. Add to that prose that is heavy with science jargon, and I just couldn’t finish it.

If you love patent law and electrical engineering, this is the book for you. If those subjects sound like they would put you to sleep, pass on this.
  beckyrenner | Aug 3, 2023 |
This is a fictionalized, though reasonably accurate, look at the "current war" of the 1880s and 90s. It helps if you at least know that there was an AC vs. DC current war, but you don't have to know much of the technical stuff to enjoy it, as it's pretty simply explained along the way.

The book centers on Paul Cravath, the real-life lawyer for George Westinghouse. Westinghouse is being sued by Thomas Edison over the question of who invented the light bulb. But, oh, there's so much more. For the country is on the brink of getting wired for electrical power, and which inventor is going to come out on top? A certain tall and awkward Serbian by the name of Nikola Tesla flutters around the edges of this world, tossing out ideas that can barely be comprehended by his contemporaries.

The book captures the exciting feeling of innovation and the urgency of the competition. It was intellectually pretty satisfying, and it was easy reading. From now on I think I'll be able to connect the names with a personality when it comes to those three great inventors. The author's notes at the end help separate fact from fiction.

If it sounds like your kind of thing, it probably is. ( )
  Alishadt | Feb 25, 2023 |
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The author of The Sherlockian (2010) presents another twisty historical novel set at the end of the gaslight era. This time the story takes place in a New York City perched on the very precipice of electricity. The book's central focus is on American ingenuity as the basis for commercial success and the so-called war of currents waged between ThomasEdison, George Westinghouse, and NikolaTesla over the creation of the lightbulb. Paul Cravath, the brilliant but inexperienced lawyer hired by Westinghouse to countersue the pugnacious Edison for copyright infringement, unscrupulous behavior, and even violence, provides a first-person perspective. Legal battles and the rancor between scientists drive the pace, while a curious romance unmasks yet another underhanded charade. Woven into this complex drama is a philosophical question about invention: Who is the inventor: the one with the idea, the one who makes a working model, or the one to obtain the patent? Who really did invent the lightbulb?
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I have not failed. I've just found ten thousand ways that don't work. —Thomas Edison
People don't know what they want until you show it to them. —Steve Jobs
Don't you understand that Steve doesn't know anything about technology? He's just a super salesman.... He doesn't know anything about engineering, and 99 percent of what he says and thinks is wrong. —Bill Gates
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FOR MY GRANDFATHER, DR. CHARLIE STEINER,
who first taught me to revere science on a trip to
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example of intelligence, kindness, and decency to which I aspire every day.
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The Western Union man was attempting to untangle the two sets of wires. He looked like a child flummoxed by enormous shoelaces.
Paul felt not only that the lights were new, but that he was. A spark of the filament, and he had been revealed as something he never thought he might be.
None of these early iterations were fit for the home—no wife in America would sanction the installation of a lamp that was confusing to use, expensive to repair, and more likely than not to set the drapes on fire.
That spring, the light-bulb lawsuits descended like locusts upon the land.
"It's one thing to design something, kid. Thomas Edison designs all manner of junk. It's another thing entirely to design something that can be practically built. A thing that will work. That is what a real inventor does. He designs manufacturable devices."
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Fiction. Thriller. Historical Fiction. HTML:NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER  A world of invention and skulduggery, populated by the likes of Edison, Westinghouse, and Tesla.Erik Larson
 
A model of superior historical fiction . . . an exciting, sometimes astonishing story.The Washington Post
  
From Graham Moore, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Imitation Game and New York Times bestselling author of The Sherlockian, comes a thrilling novelbased on actual eventsabout the nature of genius, the cost of ambition, and the battle to electrify America.

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 historyand a vast fortune. A young untested lawyer named Paul Cravath, fresh out of Columbia Law School, takes a case that seems impossible to win. Pauls client, George Westinghouse, has been sued by Thomas Edison over a billion-dollar question: Who invented the light bulb and holds the right to power the country?

The case affords Paul entry to the heady world of high societythe 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 disposalprivate 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 on stage and off. As Paul takes greater and greater risks, hell find that everyone in his path is playing their own game, and no one is quite who they seem.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST AND THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

A satisfying romp . . . Takes place against a backdrop rich with period detail . . . Works wonderfully as an entertainment . . . As it charges forward, the novel leaves no dot unconnected.Noah Hawley, The New York Times Book Review.

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