The spellbinding true account of the scientific competition to light the world with electricity. 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 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 race?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 brilliant inventors, here is the rousing account of one of the world's defining scientific competitions.
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"The ebullient calliope music and jaunty tone of narrator Greg Tremblay that begin this audiobook belie the import of its world-changing topic. Listening to technical explanations of the inventors' discoveries in Tremblay's even diction and smooth phrasing helps listeners understand the details of the race between Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, and Nicola Tesla to establish the foundation for our nation's power grid. Listeners are given a way to differentiate between A/C and D/C with examples, including details on animal testing and the electric chair, that are communicated calmly and authoritatively. This lets the listener know just how important electricity is and leaves them with an understanding of how the interactions of these men changed the lives of every person who has come since. E.J.F. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"
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