The Last Days of Night

The Last Days of Night

A Novel

eBook - 2016
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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 novel--based on actual events--about 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 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 light bulb 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 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 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
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2016]
ISBN: 9780812988918
Characteristics: text file
1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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ehbooklover Oct 07, 2017

Part historical fiction, part legal thriller with a hint of romance. This is a fictionalized account of the War of Currents that occurred between powerhouses Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse. I loved the short chapters, the well-developed characters, and I learned a lot about a subject that I knew almost nothing about. Bonus: The author's notes at the end that explain what was fact and where he took some liberties.

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seaxfamx
Oct 01, 2017

An engaging, well-written story. After reading it, I enjoyed Moore's comments at the end about how he worked with the actual history to create the story he told so well.

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billh0676
Jul 08, 2017

Wonderful historical fiction. I couldn't put it down.

caravan Jul 04, 2017

A compelling telling of the infamous legal battles between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse over the design of the light bulb. Told from the perspective of the young attorney who acts as George Westinghouse’s legal counsel, this book is a must-read for those who love science-themed historical fiction.

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MyBreadbox
Jun 04, 2017

Great book.....I learned a lot....

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brangwinn
May 27, 2017

Tesla, Westinghouse, and Edison are all well-known names, but until I read this novel about the lawsuits between Edison and Westinghouse, did I come to realize what a self-serving person Edison was. Told from the perspective of the young lawyer hired by Westinghouse, the characters come to life as we learn how General Electric came to be. Historical fiction writing at its best. The author has provided depth to all three famous men.

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darlenemitchell
Oct 30, 2016

A beautiful reconstruction of the struggle between Tesla and Edison. I felt I was there

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