The Merchant of Power: Sam Insull, Thomas Edison, and the Creation of the Modern Metropolis
A timely rags-to-riches story, The Merchant of Power recounts how Sam Insull--right hand to Thomas Edison--went on to become one of the richest men in the world, pivotal in the birth of General Electric and instrumental in the creation of the modern metropolis with his invention of the power grid, which still fuels major cities today. John Wasik, awarded the National Pre
But I digress. This biography is well worth the effort to obtain and to read. It patches together the history of many of the quirky north suburbs while being a fascinating narrative.