The Age of Edison

Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America
Product Number: EB00394446
Released: Jun 05, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781101605479
Publisher: Penguin Books
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Description

A sweeping history of the electric light revolution and the birth of modern America The late nineteenth century was a period of explosive technological creativity, but more than any other invention, Thomas Edison's incandescent light bulb marked the arrival of modernity, transforming its inventor into a mythic figure and avatar of an era. In The Age of Edison, award-winning author and historian Ernest Freeberg weaves a narrative that reaches from Coney Island and Broadway to the tiniest towns of rural America, tracing the progress of electric light through the reactions of everyone who saw it and capturing the wonder Edison's invention inspired. It is a quintessentially American story of ingenuity, ambition, and possibility in which the greater forces of progress and change are made by one of our most humble and ubiquitous objects.

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Author(s): Ernest Freeberg
Original Publish Date: Feb 21, 2013

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