Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday- 9/28/16

{I think Jill is on hiatus but I used her meme anyway, because this is the one I used to join in}

My selection today is a book that I actually just impulsively downloaded-- and my son paid for-- because for those titles we will both read (mainly nonfiction for him) he usually winds up paying for me to order it. I am currently enjoying some American & European history, mostly 19th century. This is the true story of the legal battle between George Westinghouse and Thomas Edison over who invented the lightbulb and the power of electricity, and who would profit from this extraordinary achievement. It might sound like a dry selection, but I just read the first chapter and it reads like historical fiction-- love the attention to details of NYC back then. The author, Graham Moore, wrote the screenplay for The Imitation Game and authored the book, The Sherlockian. This is set to be made into a movie starring Eddie Redmayne.

The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore 
Kindle Edition, 384 pages

Published August 16th 2016 by Random House

"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?"- from the book blurb
First paragraph:

"May 11, 1888
On the day that he would first meet Thomas Edison, Paul watched a man burn alive in the sky above Broadway.
The immolation occurred late on a Friday morning. The lunchtime bustle was picking up as Paul descended from his office building onto the crowded street. He cut an imposing figure against the flow of pedestrians: six feet four inches, broad shouldered, clean-shaven, clothed in the matching black coat, vest, and long tie that was to be expected of New York's young professional men. His hair, perfectly parted on the left, had just begun to recede into a gentle widow's peak. He looked older than his twenty-six years. 
As Paul joined the throng along Broadway, he briefly noticed a young man in a Western Union uniform standing on a ladder. The workman was fiddling with electrical wires, the thick black cables that had recently begun to streak the skies of the city.... "- beginning of The Last Days of Night

Do you think you would be interested in this one?