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The Power Makers: Steam, Electricity, and the Men Who Invented Modern…
by Maury Klein
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"The steam engine, the incandescent lamp, the electric motor - inventions such as these replaced muscle power with machine labor, turned darkness to light, and reshaped every aspect of daily life in the span of a few generations. They were the product of an extraordinary cast of characters: dogged inventors like James Watt and Elihu Thomson; charismatic entrepreneurs like George Westinghouse; daring capitalists like Charles Coffin of General Electric and J. P. Morgan. Others include Samuel Insull, onetime assistant to Thomas Edison, who invented the modern utility business and brought power to millions, and Nikola Tesla, the eccentric Serbian immigrant whose revolutionary AC motor came to him in a vision. Striding among them like a colossus is the figure of Edison, who was creative genius and business visionary at once." "The Power Makers is a saga of inspired invention, undaunted persistence, and business competition at its most naked and cutthroat - a tale of America in its most astonishing decades."--BOOK JACKET.
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