The Last Days of Night

The Last Days of Night

A Novel

Book - 2017
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When electric light innovator Thomas Edison sues his only remaining rival for patent infringement, George Westinghouse hires untested Columbia Law School graduate Paul Ravath for a case fraught with lies, betrayals, and deception.
Published: New York, NY :, Random House,, [2017]
Edition: First edition., 2017 Random House trade paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780812988901
Branch Call Number: F MOO
Characteristics: 368 pages ;,25 cm


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Apr 09, 2020

Although this is fiction, it brings to light (no pun intended) the intrigue and issues of bringing electricity to us all. This is so complex and confounded and made me so aggravated at the politics behind the science. But the author does justice to the men behind the intrigue and I really enjoyed this book. I highly recommend to anyone who is fascinated with history or even Sci-Fi.

Dec 25, 2018

In this historical fiction I not only learned a ton about Edison, Westinghouse, and Nikola Tesla, but couldn’t put the book down through all their legal battles and back-stabbings. It’s told through the voice of Paul Cravath, Westinghouse’s young lawyer, whose method of law office organization is still the model for lawyers today. It spills the beans on the greed, deceit, genius and egocentricity when inventors were changing the world in the late 1800s. And, for good measure, reveals the real-life love story between Cravath and opera singer Agnes Huntington. Well researched and thoroughly absorbing.

Oct 06, 2018

Interesting details between Edison and Westinghouse's battle over the light bulb, and the development of electricity for the masses. Even Tesla is involved. Great research done for the bad guys, just very differences of opinions. Thought provoking while delivering a great story flow. So glad I read it.

Sep 04, 2018

THE LAST DAYS OF NIGHT is precisely why I’m a fan of historical fiction. It entertains while it informs and is rich with period detail and fascinating, real, larger-than-life personalities. THE LAST DAYS OF NIGHT shines a light on the age of invention and the dawn of electricity. Impeccably researched, author Graham Moore’s novel is nothing short of brilliant.

May 07, 2018

Almost reads as a self help book for those who are inclined the be inventive, or someone who wants to become very sucessful but has doubts about what it takes to become what their dreams are. Great story, enjoyable read . Setting the tone for Nicola Tesla who is the middle of a fight, but today will are still seeing a fight between two companies name Nicola and another named Tesla. Each chapter starts off with a comment that people like Steve Jobs, Edison, Fuller and others have espoused what it takes to make your dream come true even after so many failures.

Apr 28, 2018

I liked reading this book. It is historical fiction, but at the end in "Notes from the Author" he goes into his research and comments on how much of the story is based on actual facts, placing the timing to suit his story. It was filled with tension at times. Very enjoyable.

LPL_TriciaK Apr 27, 2018

Do you feel left behind by all of the STEM and STEAM talk? Well, here's a book for you! In this fast-paced, short-chapter thriller, you'll get a good dose of science and technology - with a little romance & mystery thrown in. It's about the real-life battle between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse over how the U.S. would be electrified. Would the winner be DC current (Edison) or AC current (Westinghouse)? Read about the dirty tricks, devastating betrayals, and industrial spies while you bone up on the fundamentals of electricity. Bonus: you get to know why Tesla is so important in the history of science and technology (so influential that he has a car named after him!) Put an end to your insecurity about science - read this book.

Feb 15, 2018

Historical fiction thriller with a bit of romance based on facts. Enjoyed the flow and writing of this engaging tale formed around actual events. I felt engaged and pulled in to the story and learned a little more of our history along the way.

Jan 10, 2018

A fascinating tale about how big business works, made even more so because it was grounded in reality. Entertaining and informative.

ehbooklover Oct 07, 2017

Part historical fiction, part legal thriller with a hint of romance. This is a fictionalized account of the War of Currents that occurred between powerhouses Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse. I loved the short chapters, the well-developed characters, and I learned a lot about a subject that I knew almost nothing about. Bonus: The author's notes at the end that explain what was fact and where he took some liberties.

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Sep 04, 2018

“Thomas Edison was not, Paul thought, the first man to become rich by inventing something clever. Rather, he was the first man to build a factory for harnessing cleverness…. His genius was not in inventing; rather, it was in inventing a system of invention.” - p. 172


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