The Last Days of Night
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The Last Days of Night

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A thrilling novel based on actual events, about the nature of genius, the cost of ambition, and the battle to electrify America—from the Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Imitation Game and New York Times bestselling author of The Sherlockian

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 young 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 question: Who invented the light bulb 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 more 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 adversary a compulsion to win at all costs. How will he do it?

In 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 quite who they seem.

Title:The Last Days of Night
ISBN:0812988906
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:368 pages

    The Last Days of Night Reviews

  • Will Byrnes
    Sep 21, 2016

    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 deni...

  • Diane
    Oct 04, 2016

    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 ...

  • Dem
    Oct 22, 2016

    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 thi...

  • PattyMacDotComma
    Dec 14, 2016

    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 wo...

  • Marilyn C.
    Nov 06, 2016

    The Last Days of Night is exactly why I enjoy reading historical fiction. I was able to learn about events I knew nothing about such as the legal battle over whether to use A/C or D/C in the late 1800...

  • Lela
    Jul 15, 2016

    I was intrigued by the title and know the author's work so I requested this book from Net Galley. When I won and then began reading the description more thoroughly, I wondered if I would actually enjo...

  • Ann Marie
    Aug 10, 2016

    To read more of my reviews, please go to Lit. Wit. Wine & Dine.I do not care so much for a great fortune as I do for getting ahead of the other fellows. - Thomas EdisonUntil I read this book, I had an...

  • Char
    Dec 11, 2016

    I enjoyed this take on 3 giants in American history: Tesla, Westinghouse, and Edison.Preceding each chapter was a quote from various inventors, scientists and businessmen; Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and C...

  • Dannii Elle
    May 23, 2016

    I received this book on a read to review basis from NetGalley. Thank you to the author, Graham Moore, and the publisher, Random House, for this opportunity. I have never had the pleasure of previously...

  • Karen
    Sep 12, 2016

    ?I have not failed. I?ve just found ten thousand ways that don?t work.? Thomas Edison.This was a great piece of historical fiction that pits titans Westinghouse vs. Edison in the race to deliv...