By Jill Jonnes
Edison struggled to introduce his radical new direct present (DC) know-how into the hurly-burly of recent York urban as Tesla and Westinghouse challenged his dominance with their alternating present (AC), therefore environment the level for one of many eeriest feuds in American company historical past, the struggle of the electrical Currents. The battlegrounds: Wall highway, the 1893 Chicago World’s reasonable, Niagara Falls, and, ultimately, the demise chamber—Jonnes takes us at the stressful stroll down a jail hallway and into the sunlit room the place William Kemmler, convicted ax assassin, turned the 1st guy to die within the electrical chair.
Empires of Light is the gripping heritage of electrical energy, the “mysterious fluid,” and the way the fateful collision of Edison, Tesla, and Westinghouse left the area completely transformed.
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Empires of Light: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Electrify the World by Jill Jonnes