The Electric War: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Light the World

The Electric War: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Light the World

In the mid-to-late-nineteenth century, a burgeoning science called electricity promised to shine new light on a rousing nation. Inventive and ambitious minds were hard at work. Soon that spark was fanned and given life, and a fiery war was under way to be the first to light—and run—the world with electricity. Thomas Alva Edison, the inventor of direct current (DC), engaged in a brutal battle with Nikola Tesla and George Westinghouse, the inventors of alternating current (AC). There would be no ties in this bout—only a winner and a loser. The prize: a nationwide monopoly in electric current. Brimming with action, suspense, and rich historical and biographical information about these inventors, here is the rousing account of one of the world's defining scientific competitions.

Title:The Electric War: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Light the World
Edition Language:English
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    The Electric War: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Light the World Reviews

  • Kath (Read Forevermore)

    i found this to be a really intriguing account of how electricity came to be in our world. this book definitely satisfied my inner history buff and it was a nice and easy read (that i surprisingly fin...

  • Zerlinna Teague

    Ok, this all makes sense to me now, as I just read on the author's profile that this series is intended for middle grades. I'm a full grown adult, but I'm fascinated by the war of the currents! It all...

  • Mary

    This is a book that actually makes the invention of alternating and direct current exciting. I learned more from this book about electricity than I ever learned in science class....

  • Ms. Yingling

    ARC provided by the author, E ARC from Edelweiss PlusWhile I've been trying to find books about Tesla because he comes up every year as a National History Day subject, I had no idea how contentious an...

  • Teenreadsdotcom

    The story of THE ELECTRIC WAR is reminiscent of a movie called THE CURRENT WAR which tells the historical account of the battle between inventors to control the new industry in electricity that would ...

  • Barbara

    This one is a 3.5 for me. I was thoroughly engaged by this account of the war over alternating current and direct current, mostly because of how the author made the time period and the personalities i...

  • Alicia

    The book could be used from anything from a biography of Edison, Tesla, and Westinghouse as much as the innovation in science and technology where light, conductivity, and radio are concerned. But, it...

  • Rana

    The book is recommended for audience 12-14 years old, but it is also a good reading for adults. (like me). Some chapters could be disturbing for young adult readers. For example describing in detail h...

  • Briony

    I decided to listen to this on a whim when it came across my Hoopla. I found the topic interesting and well-researched. I think readers who enjoy the race for the grand prize or a fascination with tec...

  • Tracy Wymer

    Terrific read for those looking for nonfiction centered around science and the race to light the world with electricity. I highly recommend this book for young readers (tweens and teens) and adults. I...