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    {Free Read} The Last Days of Night AUTHOR Graham Moore The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore is a 2016 Random House publication I have been on a wait list for this book I kid you not for FOUR MONTHS So the big uestion is Was it worth the wait? YES WOW Who knew light bulbs were so fascinating? This is a fictional account of the ‘war’ between Thomas Edison Genera

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    {Free Read} The Last Days of Night AUTHOR Graham Moore A masterful mix of historical fiction and fact and a wonderful insight into the battle to electrify AmericaEver since watching the TV Series The Men who built America I have a great interest in this period of American history and these fascinating characters so when a Goodread's friend reviewed The Last Days of Night I knew this book was rig

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Het verhaal van Theodora Goodman yThe Last Days of Night by Graham Moore is a 2016 Random House publication I have been on a wait list for this book I kidou not for FOUR MONTHS So the big uestion is A masterful mix of historical fiction and fact and a wonderful insight into the battle to electrify AmericaEver since watch Power Plays May Make for Fantastic Film Young Manhattan Attorney from Nashville Takes on NY Business Titan Notorious for Narcissism and BullyingThis novel was written by a novelist turned Hollywood screenwriter with ostensibly a big payday in mind I have little doubt that in the right hands a lush budget a talented director and a name movie stars this will make an award winning film I read somewhere that British actor Eddie Redmayne had already signed on to star as the protagonist Paul Cravath a 26 ear old Manhattan attorney hired by George Westinghouse in 1906 to represent his company in a lawsuit filed against it by the litigious Thomas Edison a patent hogging inventor and NYC business titan notorious for his narcissistic personality and bullying bluster uite timely The suit was to decide in effect which company would have the initial foothold on supplying electricity in the populous Northeast and thus elsewhere in the USSuspense and moral uandaries naturally flow from the charged litigation environment over billions of dollars in today s values including unfair dishonest and surreptitious litigation ploys involving misappropriation of trade secrets and key personnel and even endangering the lives of those caught in the crossfire The Last Days of Night will likely be a better movie than it was a novel This novel wears its heart on its sleeve I could tell the author loved his characters flaws and all and was fascinated by the time period That enthusiasm rubbed off on me and I enjoyed this book than I expected The Last Days of Night is historical fiction about the electrifying feud between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse in the late 1800s We see the battle through the eyes of a oung lawyer Paul Cravath who Westinghouse hired to represent him in the long legal fight against Edison If ou are unfamiliar with the drama that surrounded the fight over alternating current and direct current ACDC for short ou are in for a treat The author based his novel around many actual events and people including the enigmatic Nikola Tesla The result is an engaging look at a uniue corner of science and American history There are some truly shocking stories in here and I confess I didn t know that Edison was such an egotistical scoundrel Whereas Tesla was so brilliant and endearing and misunderstood that I just wanted to give him a hug if he would have allowed anyone to enter his personal space that isNow this novel isn t perfect as historical fiction rarely is I thought the female character of Agnes was sometimes written a little too cutesy which was irksome And the author followed the current publishing trend of writing really short chapters which made the pace go faster but it also felt jumpy and contrived When did it become a crime to write chapters that were than 4 pagesAdditionally the author included famous uotes before each chapter including a lot from Steve Jobs and Bill Gates allowing the reader to draw comparisons to the famous Apple v Microsoft technology battle that happened about a century after Edison v Westinghouse While the uotes started out interesting they uickly became excessive because there were so many freaking chapters and the modern references took the reader out of the historical period I don t think there needed to be 70 extra uotes A few choice ones at the major section breaks would have sufficedBut these are small complaints Overall I enjoyed reading this and I appreciated the author s detailed note at the end explaining which people and events were real where the timing was compressed to improve storytelling etc The author also gave recommendations for other books on the subject I thought this story was so interesting I plan on looking up some of those nonfiction books especially a biography on TeslaRecommended for fans of historical fictionFavorite uotesThe death of mathematical education will be the death of this country proclaimed Westinghouse A generation of Chains of Gold young men who have never even heard of the calculus much less possess the ability to determine the instantaneous rates of change What willou lot invent uietly in secret from an impromptu subterranean laboratory in the Tennessee plains Tesla had teamed with the precocious sons of southern freedman to engineer wonders stranger than anything Edison and his well heeled peers might have dreamed Paul had once thought that Thomas Edison was the most American man of his generation But looking around the worktable before him at Tesla and his students Paul saw another America This one had been born in an impoverished Serbian village and a West Tennessee cotton field Where the first America was brilliant the second was ingenious What the first America did not invent the second would tinker into being What Wall Street would not fund a Nashville basement would build This was what men like Edison and Morgan fearedWho had invented the light bulb That was the uestion that started the whole story off It was all of them Only together could they have birthed the system that was now the bone and sinew of these United States No one man could have done it In order to produce such a wonder Paul realized the world reuired men like each of them Visionaries like Tesla Craftsmen like Westinghouse Salesmen like Edison Enlightening 5 Intellectual property has the shelf life of a banana Bill Gates This was sure a surprise I don t know what I was expecting but not something as interesting and entertaining as this wonderful example of historical faction Lots of factual information but nothing dry or boring as it is when popular authors try to find a subject to teach us and then work a story around it the way I "FIND A LOT OF POPULAR CHICK LIT IN PARTICULAR "a lot of popular chick lit in particular pick a place for romance dairy hospital Paris and then spend time trying to piue our interest with lessons about cows or unusual medical conditions or art history to show us what clever researchers they are Spare me pleaseNot Graham Moore This reads like the real deal well real in the sense that the main characters are very real people who did sue each other and make deals at the time the United States was just beginning to enjoy the wonders of electric lighting in the late 1880sEvery chapter is introduced by an interesting uote sometimes from a current figure like Bill Gates above or Steve Jobs and sometimes by an historical one like Karl Popper or Edison himselfOur main character was a real attorney Paul Cravath The author has conjured up his romance and conversations of course and done it believably well Thomas Alva Edison George Westinghouse and Nikola Tesla are not only real but famous personages and the author has used a bit of artistic licence in compressing some time lines to make the story run smoothly But the basic story and JP Morgan s involvement is all there in the history booksWe begin with Edison saying he invented the incandescent light and suing George Westinghouse for selling one of his own design Edison seems to have hundreds of lawsuits going Westinghouse hires Paul Cravath to defend him and Paul sifts through everything he can find looking for a flaw and necessarily learns a lot about electricity in the bargain Even if Edison was the one who did the inventing and even if inventing is what occurred did he actually invent the light bulb or just a light bulb Why the definite article There could be as many varietals of light bulb as roses blooming in the gardens of Central Park The earliest light devices were unsatisfactory electricity arcing between two sticks scary but as the experiments become successful the rivalry growsThe other main battle is over the comparative price and safety of Direct Current Edison s vs Alternating Current Westinghouse s You can look up the War of Currents in Wikipedia I learned a lot along with Paul but ou don t have to be a science buff to enjoy this history There s plenty of story to satisfy The author explains for example None of these early iterations were fit for the home no wife in America would sanction the installation of a lamp that was confusing to use expensive to repair and likely than not to set the drapes on fire The worst part of the war was Edison convincing a state to use an electric chair for the death to prove how dangerous was Horrifyingly disastrous results All wars are dreadful and this was warIn addition to his powers of persuasion and invention Edison seems to have had a real skill in patenting devices had a real skill in patenting devices such clever loose language that his patent could easily be said to cover other people s inventions Speaking of broad reaching phrasing They argued that no other company had a legal right to manufacture incandescent bulbs because incandescent light itself was covered by Edison s patent So now he claims to own all forms of incandescent light And into the mix arrives the uintessential mad scientist Nikola Tesla a brilliant eccentric Serb who worked with Edison and uit suddenly in anger and disappeared Paul wants to find him and pump him for information about Edison s lab But Edison is hunting for him as well so the chase is onThe author has also done a great job imagining Tesla s speech patterns by jumbling the grammar rather than trying to recreate his heavy accent which would make for uncomfortable reading It was soon clear that his co. 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 oung 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 uestion Who invented the light bu.

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The Last Days of NightMmand of the raw materials of the language words short phrases was deep and et his use of its intricacies grammar sentence construction was haphazard It was as if Tesla tossed up into the air all the words he knew on a given subject and then walked away before he could see where they landed Tesla explains to Paul who s taken him out to dinner why he can t eat the meal Well of course not please do not mistake me for a crazy I can only ingest a dinner the cubic volume of which adds to a number divisible by three Later we learn his meals are only soda water and saltine crackersWhen giving a lecture to a large group Tesla s accent and speech patterns were so jumbled that Paul wasn t sure he was speaking English Please pardon my face came Tesla s high pitched and thickly accented voice My pallor is white as pale My health is in a condition dishabille Laboratories are better fit places for machines than personages continued Tesla But I am digressed My health I have said I ask our kind indulgence and my gratification shall be in The Mountain and the Valley your minor approvals Tesla is found ill and mad but has flashes of brilliance and continued to do so for the rest of his life We watch the unfolding of plans involving Alexander Graham Bellou know the telephone man JP Morgan then America s richest man close enough and other real people And Tesla is the man in whose honour the founders of Tesla Motors named their company although I read that Elon Musk the CEO is an Edison fanPlus there s a delightful romance simmering away between Paul and a famous singer whose mother disapproves of him And then there s Paul s father who helped found Fisk University a black university in Tennessee for freedmen And then there s Paul who designed today s law firm hierarchy All in all an absorbing entertaining read I m than happy to recommend My uotes are from the NetGalley preview copy so may have changed in the final publication All stories are love stories Paul remembered someone famous saying that Thomas Edison s would be no exception All men get the things they love The tragedy of some men is not that they are denied but that they wish they d loved something else Paul Cravath a oung attorney in late 19h Century New York City is drawn into a battle of the titans as George Westinghouse engages him to defend his company against a lawsuit filed by his nemesis The amount demanded is staggering one billion dollars The opponent is one Thomas Alva Edison Not only is he suing Westinghouse over the light bulb GW had developed but he has launched 312 suits against GW Good luck kid Graham Moore from movieholecomWhat is a historical novel supposed to do It should explain to the contemporary reader how this or that historical event occurred What happened What were the driving forces behind making it happen Who were the people involved What were their motivations It should also offer the reader a touch and feel for the place and time What was life like then What was different What was the same If we wanted a straight up history we would pick up a history book Historical fiction is the spoonful of sugar that makes learning history go down easier It helps if the era is significant One could write about the drudgery of a serf s life in the Middle Ages but unless the serf were in some way involved with changing that world it would be unlikely to be very interesting It also helps if the characters the author creates or if presenting actual people from history interprets engage our interest That interest can be positive or negative but interest must be generated Also there is the problem of us as readers knowing how things turn out It removes an element of mystery So how does all this flesh out in TLDON The history is of a significant time in American actually world history the electrification of modern life Gas lamps had been doing the job of illumination for a long time but the fire hazard they presented was significant Providing an electric alternative had been a goal for a long time but it was only then in the late 19th century that making the switch became technologically possible with the development of an efficient light bulb The battle on which the novel focuses is the legal contest between Edison and Westinghouse over who will secure the very lucrative right to light up the world Edison had based his bulb on work done previously his genius being the application of an industrial mindset to the development of new technology He employed large numbers of lab workers and tried out thousands of different materials searching for a workable filament Of course this did not stop him from filing his patent before that final piece was in place But when Westinghouse also aware of and building on lighting tech that predated Edison had come up with a better light bulb Edison sued This is the central legal battle going on hereEdison from The AtlanticThere is a second very much related bit of technology that is illuminated Edison s lightbulbs and sundry devices were all built to use direct current Think our flashlight But that tech came with significant limitations Because with direct current DC a way had et to be found to sustain a power level beyond a minimal distance the source would always have to be near the destination What that would reuire infrastructure wise was the installation of small power plants everywhere Not a big deal if one were powering say lighting in a mansion but uite another if one aspired to lighting a city Thankfully there was another way Alternating Current or AC was a technology that had been thought to be unusable for large scale power but a way was by one of the great inventive geniuses of all time "A Migr Named Nikola Tesla "Serbian migr named Nikola Tesla Tesla worked Edison but had issues with the boss When he left GW snapped him up Of course Tesla would fit very nicely into at least one of our notions of a mad scientist Not that he had evil designs on anyone or imagined ruling the world It was along the lines of him being actually barking I have not read a biography of Tesla so have no basis for comparison but I thought the gibbering Tesla depicted here might be a bit over the line Of course maybe he was really that strange In any case Tesla as depicted is a pretty over the top Sasha Baron Cohen pops to mind characterThe book has the feel of a screenplay where most of the storytelling is external There are some internal looks but it is clear that the author s talent lies in the visible I had the feeling that this book was intended to be a film and was not at all surprised to see not only that it had already been optioned for film but that the lead had already been cast I wondered if the author the academy award winning screenwriter of The Imitation Game actually began with a screenplay then expanded it into a book as opposed to the usual seuence Turns out not so much According to Moore it was intended to be a novel all the while He was writing it while filling down time on the set of The Imitation Game and only after it was or less finished on final edits did some folks close to him and given his primary line of work we presume them to be cinema sorts suggest that it would make a wonderful film I am not sure I actually believe this but ou can read the tale in his blogYoung Paul Cravath of the Tennessee Cravaths and late of law school is the link that binds all the parts together Edison s bullying Westinghouse s manipulations and Tesla s genius In addition to the maruis names Paul Cravath was a real person and the telling of this tale reflects broad truth about the events that transpired Cravath was extremely Summary young to have been put in charge of such a monumental challenge He is portrayed as a charmingoung man with an interesting family history Dad having been instrumental in setting up Fisk University a school for Negroes and a short fuse when the venal rich proclaim their bigotry in his company It is his spirit that presumably appeals to GW He is clever and decent and ou can go right ahead and imagine Paul with the face of Eddie Redmayne as the Academy Award winning actor has already been signed to play the role Cravath well after the events depicted in this book and RedmayneYa can t have a modern American novel without some sort of love interest and Moore checks that box in the form of toast of the town opera singer Agnes Huntington another person pulled from the pages of history So we have a Goliath vs Goliath battle going on mostly although not entirely being waged in courtrooms and in the arena of public opinion I suppose one could see Paul as a David but he had resources behind him that would fill uite a few slings Neither of the primary combatants comes off too well There is a bit of mortal peril to spice up the moral euivalent George Westinghouse from the Old Post GazetteOne of the spiffy things about the novel is that Moore looks at the sausage making of how public opinion was manipulated Given how the media covers elections I would guess that not much has changed And he looks at how power was held and connections were made This definitely enriches the read His portrayal of the social scene in NYC is fun Calling in large personalities like Stamford White and Alexander Graham Bell for a bit of sideshow work adds spark as well And JP Morgan plays a crucial role in the final chapters Details of the era inform the sometimes carnival like atmosphere For instance that there was no bar exam reuirement for practitioners of the law The demonstrations by Edison s people trying to show the dangers of AC are chilling and very much reality based Moore also notes Lb 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 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. Vents and changes that were afoot if not et realized Bell for example mentions in passing some guys in Ohio who are working on a flying machine Last Days of Night tells a story of a time the people who were involved the challenges they faced and the events that took place It does it uite well Using Cravath as the link to all was an excellent workable approach Events take place that Night Without Stars you can see and hear Which is what one would expect from a writer who makes his living writing screenplays Nothing wrong with that But while the fast moving battles and intrigues keep the current flowing there is another element to the book Moore looks not only at what his characters do what the historical characters did but at what motivates them While it may be that one s driving forces cannot always be reduced to a phrase Moore gives it a go I have no idea if his analysis of the actors is accurate but it is certainly interesting and prompts one to consider what motivates contemporary figures in the public eye It is this as much as anything that raises the book a notch He uses uotes from contemporary tech all stars which highlights the permanence of some of these concerns Nikola TeslaI have a few gripes about the book of course Whenever Moore wanted to introduce some historical exposition he uses the Paul was thinking or Paul was remembering mechanism too often which seemed a bit heavy handed Definitely takes one out of the story Characters appear to travel considerable distances with relentless ease Scene One here fade to black Scene two there One might be forgiven for wondering if they were flying before the Wright Brothers had had their way with Kitty Hawk or maybe they had a spare TARDIS on hand God knows Tesla could probably have invented one Also I was a bit tepid about Paul He was appealing but maybe not appealing enough Casting Redmayne should take care of that nicely for the film version Dates have been changed to streamline story telling but the gist appears to be generally true Moore included in his site a wonderful side by side look at where his time seuence diverges from the historical timeline But aside from that Moore delivers This is a fun inventive read one that casts considerable light on a process that was a lot complicated than connect plug A to socket B one that is little known to modern readers You are likely to get a charge out of this one whetherou read it using the direct current of an electronic device or the lumens cast by AC powered light bulbs The Last Days of Night shines brightly indeed Publication Date August 16 2016Review posted September 16 2016The publisher was kind enough to send along a copy for review considerationEXTRA STUFFLinks to the author s personal Twitter and FB pagesSome facts about Edison Wiki on George WestinghouseWiki for Paul Cravath Songs You Light up My Life Debby Boone The Future s So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades Timbuk 3 Light Up The World Glee The nighttime of our ancestors is ending Electric light is our future The man who controls it will not simply make an unimaginable fortune He will not simply dictate politics He will not merely control Wall Street or Washington or the newspapers or the telegraph companies or the million household electrical devices we can t even dream of just Lamore tra i polli yet No no no The man who controls electricity will control the very sun in the sky Thomas EdisonWhen I walk in the front door and flip the light switch each evening or when I reach over and turn on my bedside lamp so I can see to read my beloved books I never really think much about light bulbs or electricity After all this is not a new idea to me I ve been accustomed to this luxury my entire life The wonder of electricity rarely crosses my mind unless it goes out of course After reading The Last Days of Night I began to understand the true marvel of electric current I also came to realize that this discovery didn t happen overnight and cannot be attributed to one single person but rather several geniuses of the scientific and business world Scientists like Thomas Edison George Westinghouse and Nikola Tesla businessmen such as JP Morgan and a lesser known individual at least to me personally by the name of Paul Cravath aoung attorney who helped fight the battle of the invention of the light bulb and the debate between direct versus alternating current DC vs AC all these persons played a role in what we now take for granted as standard household amenitiesThis book is an engaging fictionalized account based heavily on fact of the war between Edison and Westinghouse during the 1880s The narrative revolves around Paul Cravath a twenty six ear old attorney with very little experience who has been hired by Westinghouse to attend to the legal burdens of a lawsuit or series of lawsuits brought against him by the powerful and ruthless Thomas Edison Edison claimed he held the patent on light bulbs any light bulb and that Westinghouse had infringed on this patent There is uite a bit of legal talk around the patent and the lawsuits but I thought it was well done and never dull Scientific details were brought to the "level of the layman since the reader hears "of the layman since the reader hears information as it was relayed to Paul himself a man with little knowledge of the world of inventors Just enough detail was provided to make the science interesting but not overwhelming I adored Tesla what an eccentric brilliant man He was a man in it for the thrill of discovery and the joy of invention itself not for the fame or the money All I wanted to do was rescue this poor guy from the clutches of such men as Edison and Westinghouse each who sought the genius of Tesla in order to win their legendary battle A little example of Tesla s uirkiness can be found when Paul treats little example of Tesla s uirkiness can be found when Paul treats to dinner As an apology for avoiding his shellfish Tesla states please do not mistake me for a crazy I can only ingest a dinner the cubic volume of which adds to a number divisible by three A book centered on Tesla would make for fascinating reading I think There is a bit of romance with a woman outside of Paul s league a gruesome depiction of the first attempts at the horrors of the electric chair as a form of capital punishment a lot of sneakiness spying and what often looked like shady business practices and an accident that remains a bit of a mystery for much of the book A word of warning there is a scene that involves cruelty to animals The atmosphere of New York City just before the turn of the century is wonderfully depicted an element that always appeals to me The prose is clean and fairly matter of fact For the most part this style worked for me but I did miss a bit of that feel for my characters and beauty of language that brings a really good story up a notch to being an amazing book But overall it was riveting extremely well researched and educational to boot I highly recommend this to fans of historical fiction and those that enjoy stories centered on science or law minus the courtroom drama I would like to thank Goodreads and Random House for providing me with this copy which I won as a GR giveaway I have read a few biographical pieces about Thomas Edison of late as well as Graham Moore s latest piece of uasi legal fiction so I thought the blend here would do me some good Set in the latter part of the 19th century the story opens with a horrible electrocution of a worker who is trying to deal with a fallen electrical line Paul Cravath a oung attorney witnesses this and finds himself pulled into the middle of a clash of titans like no other Cravath arrives to see Thomas Edison with a purpose to declare that he is being sued for his declaration that he created the light bulb While Edison is not surprised he assures Cravath that he holds the patent and that George Westinghouse Cravath s client a fellow inventor is sure to lose While Cravath begins building his case he is thrust into the world of electricity and the science behind it He and Westinghous I love a good historical novel that teaches me about events about which I was unaware This one fits the bill exploring the lawsuits between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse in the late 19th century Anyone who enjoyed Doctorow s Ragtime will enjoy this While we take it for granted the electric light bulb was an invention of mind boggling proportion Moore walks us through not only the history but the effect of electricity on the country and makes it interesting Ditto for his ability to describe the lawsuits and patents I loved that his protagonist a Pack Up the Moon young lawyer sees all of law as the ability to tell a story He explains how an entire lawsuit could hang on the use of the word the instead of a And Moore is a fabulous wordsmith Here is an example It was soon clear that his command of the raw materials of the language words short phrases was deep andet his use of its intricacies grammar sentence construction was haphazard It was as if Tesla tossed up into the air all the words he knew on a given subject and then walked away before he could see where they landed It s amazing to think all these people really lived They are all fascinating uniue individuals This would be a good novel for people who think they only like nonfiction Many many interesting facts and history lessons And make sure to read the Author s Note at the end It provides a detailed list of which episodes are true what changes to time or place were made and what sources were used to flesh out the novel My thanks to Netgalley Random House and Graham Moore for an advance copy of this bookUpdate I just saw that this will be made into a movie I can t wai. Adversary a compulsion to win at all costs How will he do itIn 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 uite who they se.