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 lightbulb 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 Paul 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 onstage 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.
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By Suzy on 17-02-17
Interesting history but dry at times
I enjoyed this tale (based on a true story) of Edison and his quest to be recognised as the inventor of the lightbulb. It certainly makes history accessible and gave lots of detail about this period in history and the way people acted. Written as a novel it has an advantage over history books, but I found it rather dry and slow at times. The main story focuses on a young lawyer, Paul, who represents Westinghouse -the man up against Edison and the clear underdog from the start. A good listen, good but not great is my verdict. The narrator was good, solid & serious with enough variation to lift the text most of the time. Towards the end a few silly voices crept in but overall very good narration.
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