The dramatic story of the â€śpower revolutionâ€ť that turned America from an agrarian society into a technological superpower, and the dynamic, fiercelyÂ competitive inventors and entrepreneurs who made it happenâ€”a riveting historical saga to rival McCulloughâ€™s The Great Bridge or Larsonâ€™s Thunderstruck.Maury Klein, author of Rainbowâ€™s End: The Crash of 1929, is one of Americaâ€™s most acclaimed historians of business and industry. In The Power Makers, he offers an epic narrative of his greatest subject yetâ€”the â€śpower revolutionâ€ť that transformed American life in the course of the nineteenth century. The steam engine, the incandescent bulb, the electric motorâ€”inventions such as these replaced backbreaking toil with machine labor and changed every aspect of daily life in the span of a few generations. The power revolution is not a tale of machines, however, but of men: inventors such as James Watt, Elihu Thomson, and Nikola Tesla; entrepreneurs such as George Westinghouse; savvy businessmen such as J.P. Morgan, Samuel Insull, and Charles Coffin of General Electric. Striding among them like a colossus is the figure of Thomas Edison, who was creative genius and business visionary at once. With consummate skill, Klein recreates their discoveries, their stunning triumphs and frequent failures, and their unceasing, tumultuous, and ferocious battles in the marketplace.In Kleinâ€™s hands, their personalities and discoveries leap off the page. The Power Makers is a dazzling saga of inspired invention, dogged persistence, andÂ business competition at its most naked and cutthroatâ€”a tale of America in its most astonishing decades.
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