The Last Days of Night

A Novel
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Released: Sep 20, 2016
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ISBN: #9780735284548
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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...?n 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...?akes place against a backdrop rich with period detail...?orks wonderfully as an entertainment...?s it charges forward, the novel leaves no dot unconnected."-Noah Hawley, The New York Times Book Review

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The Last Days of Night
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Author(s): Graham Moore
Narrator(s): Johnathan McClain
Product Number Z100114565
Released: Aug 16, 2016
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Publisher: Books on Tape
ISBN: #9780735284579
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Author(s): Graham Moore
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Released: Aug 16, 2016
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Publisher: Random House
ISBN: #9780812988918

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"Who would have thought that the race to produce a workable light bulb could serve as the basis of a gripping historical novel? The story of the late-nineteenth-century battle between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse, as narrated by Johnathan McClain, is the best kind of can't-turn-it-off listen. Coils, wires, direct and alternating current, and the strange inventor Nikola Tesla are the stuff of marvelous intrigue as Westinghouse's lawyer, Paul Cravath, battles Edison's threats. McClain, whose Cravath has an enthusiastic mid-American persona, creates equally imaginative vocal portraits of Edison, Westinghouse, and Tesla, and believably colors several different women. Nicely marrying his pace and tone to each scene, and offering an easy narrative voice, McClain creates a superb audio experience. A.C.S. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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