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The Last Days of Night: A Novel - Graham Moore
The Last Days of Night: A Novel
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From Graham Moore, the Academy Award–winning screenwriter of The Imitation Game and New York Times bestselling author of The Sherlockian, comes a page-turning historical thriller—based on actual events—about the nature of genius, the cost of ambition, and the battle to electrify America.   New... show more
From Graham Moore, the Academy Award–winning screenwriter of The Imitation Game and New York Times bestselling author of The Sherlockian, comes a page-turning historical thriller—based on actual events—about the nature of genius, the cost of ambition, and the battle to electrify America.   New York, 1888. The miracle of electric light is in its infancy. Thomas Edison has won the race to the patent office and is suing his only remaining rival, George Westinghouse, for the unheard of sum of one billion dollars. To defend himself, Westinghouse makes a surprising choice in his attorney: He hires an untested twenty-six-year-old fresh out of Columbia Law School named Paul Cravath.   The task facing Cravath is beyond daunting. Edison proves to be a formidable, wily, and dangerous opponent. Yet this young, unknown attorney shares with his famous opponent a compulsion to win at all costs. How will he do it? As he 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.Advance praise for The Last Days of Night   “Mesmerizing, clever, and absolutely crackling, The Last Days of Night is a triumph of imagination. Graham Moore has chosen Gilded Age New York as his playground, with outsized characters—Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse—as his players. The result is a beautifully researched, endlessly entertaining novel that will leave you buzzing.”—Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl   “In The Last Days of Night, Graham Moore takes us back to the dawn of light—electric light—into a world of invention and skullduggery, populated by the likes of Edison, Westinghouse, Tesla, and the novel’s hero, a young lawyer named Paul Cravath (a name that will resonate with ambitious law students everywhere). It’s part legal thriller, part tour of a magical time—the age of wonder—and once you’ve finished it, you’ll find it hard to return to the world of now.”—Erik Larson, author of The Devil in the White City   “The Last Days of Night is a wonder, a riveting historical novel that is part legal thriller, part techno-suspense. This fast-paced story about the personal and legal clash over the invention of the light bulb is a tale of larger-than-life characters and devious doings, and a significant meditation on the price we as a society pay for new technology. Thoughtful and hugely entertaining.”—Scott Turow
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780812988901 (0812988906)
ASIN: 0812988906
Publisher: Random House
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
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Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents
Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents rated it
4.0 The Last Days of Night: A Novel
4.5 starsMuch of this story is based on fact. I recognize many of the characters, inventions, companies, etc. The author explains the accuracy any changes made at the end of the book. It's written in a way that brings everything to life. Studying this in school never caught my attention so much....
Memories From Books on Booklikes
Memories From Books on Booklikes rated it
5.0 The Last Days of Night
The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore is a fun, roller coaster ride of a book! It brings to light the history of the race to control the patents and marketing rights to the technology that would bring electricity into common, everyday use. This may not be how a history book would paint this picture...
debbiekrenzer
debbiekrenzer rated it
When I first started reading this book, it felt like it was being narrated by the voice of the guy on Dragnet and I was like "oh no". What have I got myself into. Very shortly after that, the words started to flow and I really got into the book. Every once in a while a name would come up and I would...
Dem
Dem rated it
4.0 The Last Days of Night: A Novel
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 this period of American history and these fascinating characters, so when a Goodread's friend reviewed...
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