The Last Days of Night
Also, it might be fun to start your book club meeting with candles if you are meeting in someone's house, then voila! switch to electric lights. Libraries do not allow wick candles because it's against their fire code, but you could bring electric votive candles for the same sort of effect. I'm looking forward to our book group discussion later this month -- it should be very "illuminating." Hee, hee. (less)
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 young 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 ...more
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 young lawyer, Paul Cravath, who Westinghouse hired to represent him in the long legal fight against E ...more
I have been on a wait list for this book, I kid you not, for FOUR MONTHS!!
So, the big question 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 / General Electric and George Westinghouse over patent rights, inventions, and the law. It’s also a novel about genius, competitiveness, obsession and madness.
All the major characters in ...more
When I walk in the front door and flip the ...more
Ever 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 right for me.
This is a fascinating portrait of American inventors and entreprenuers, Thomas Edision, George Westinghouse, Nikola Tesla, J.P. Morgan and atto ...more
“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.
Authors pick a place for romance—dairy, hospital, Par ...more
This 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 star(s)) this will make an award-winning film. I read somewhere that British actor Eddie Redmayne had already signed on to star as the protagonist Pa ...more
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 ...more
I do not care so much for a great fortune as I do for getting ahead of the other fellows. - Thomas Edison
Until I read this book, I had an impression of what it would have been like to see the night lit for the first time. It was terribly romantic. It was surreal, ethereal, and peaceful. (Sort of like this book's beautiful cover.) There were scientists and engineers of all sorts slapping each other on the back, congratulating themselv ...more
The historical tale of the intrigue between Westinghouse, Edison and Tesla--as told through the eyes of attorney Paul Cravath--is summarized in many ot ...more
Preceding each chapter was a quote from various inventors, scientists and businessmen; Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Carl Sagan among them.
"I have not failed. I’ve just found ten thousand ways that don’t work.” Thomas Edison.
I listened to this on audio and it was excellent. Highly recommended to anyone wanting to learn more about the current wars via an entertaining medium.
This is a brilliantly told account and I found it fascinating but I did not find the book to be a page turner. I think it was more me than the book but it wasn’t that hard for me to put it down and it wasn’t that hard to not pick it up again. I enjoyed it though and I’m glad that I read it.
The map at the start of book of Manhattan in 1888 was great but I read an e-book (and audio book simultaneously) and I forgot to keep check ...more
I have never had the pleasure of previously reading anything by Graham Moore but he is an author I can already say I want to devour every published word from! His writing has a beautiful and lyrical quality to it that just took my breath away: his writing is incandescent in its delicacy and grace. He doesn't write a story to be read, he writ ...more
Naïve and fresh, Cravath had one thing in ...more
I'd never heard of Westinghouse, had heard of Nikola Tesla, but could tell you nothing about him.
So I learned a lot about electricity, the difference between AC and DC currents and the Currents War in America during the last decades of the ninet ...more
Paul Cravath is a young attorney who has been given what he feels is the opportunity of a lifetime, represent Westinghouse against multiple suits by Thomas Edison. I certainly learned a lot about how the light bulb was invented, how much input there was from various scientists and the real brains behind it all, Nicola Tesla.
I didn’t know much about the lawsuits or about the intense ...more
This was a great piece of historical fiction that pits titans Westinghouse vs. Edison in the race to deliver an electrical system to the entire nation. Edison’s company was many times the size of Westinghouse’s, loaded with lawyers, scientists and cash so it did not appear to be a fair race. I was puzzled when Westinghouse hires a no-name inexperienced 26-year old lawyer named Paul Cravath to fight his battles. ...more
This is a book based on fact, however rearranged in time, to fit into the late 1890's. The accounts of Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, Nikola Tesla, J.P. Morgan, Alexander Graham Bell and Westinghouse's attorney Paul Cravath, were all based on the actual person. The premise of the story is to reveal the person who actually discovered the light bulb, and to track the fight that perused between these men. The lies, deceit, and experiments that took place ...more
The book is actually narrated by Paul Cravath, a young lawyer hired by Westinghouse after Edison had filed 312 suits against him. There is a lot to like about this book, as it is a real page tuner, which I read all in one sitting. Apart from all the machinations going on between the three main characters, there is also a m ...more
This book was recommended to me by a friend and while I was only mildly intrigued by the synopsis, I gave it a go. Absolutely loved it. The author has an easy and smooth writing style with consistent pacing throughout the novel, and I look forward to reading his other works.
I enjoyed the quotations that he included from Gates and Jobs and appreciated the nod to a more modern technology showdown of sorts. It was especially appreciated how the author went into g ...more
“If you think you can stop me,” Edison said softly, “go ahead and try. But you’ll have to do it in the dark.”
There is no way this does not make best Historical Fiction at the Goodreads Choice Awards 2016. There is no way this does not get made into a movie. This was good.
This was the time of clashing titanic personalities - of Edison, Westinghouse, and Tesla; their war of patents, science, and ideology decided nothing less than the future of our nation - of the world. The book is told fro ...more
This book turned out to be SO much better than I even imagined. Written by the screenwriter who wrote the award-winning movie Imitation Game, Last Days of Night reads like a fast-paced novel. However, the story is largely based on the factual intrigues surrounding the relationships of Edison, Westinghouse, Tesla, J.P. Morgan, and Alexander Bell. The storyline is very engaging, and not the dry subject ma ...more
That's how I felt about this book, which is a novelization of the conflict between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse (and, tangentially, Nikola Tesla) in the late 19th century over who had the right to patent the electric light bulb and who therefore would get to profit from the electrification of America.
The story is framed largely through Westinghouse's lawyer, Paul Cravath, who is young an ...more
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His screenplay for THE IMITATION GAME won the Academy Award and WGA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2015 and was nominated for a BAFTA and a Golden Globe.
His first two novels, THE LAST DAYS OF NIGHT (2016) and THE SHERLOCKIAN (2010), were published in 24 countries and translated into 19 languages.