Book Discussion on Empires of Light: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse

Ms. Jonnes talked about her book, Empires of Light: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Electrify the World, published by… read more

Ms. Jonnes talked about her book, Empires of Light: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Electrify the World, published by Random House. As well as the history of electricity, the book profiles key personalities in both the science and industry of electrification and dramatizes the transformation of American society that accompanied the technological revolution as well as the financial battles that it produced. The “War of the Electric Currents,” in which Thomas Edison sought to defend the primacy of his direct current electrical system against George Westinghouse’s higher-voltage and more broadly applicable alternating current system with the aid of Nikola Tesla’s induction motor, even led to the development of the electric chair in contrast to the humanitarian impulses of the three main figures. close

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Oct 26, 2003
Last Aired:
Aug 21, 2004

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  • Oct 26, 2003 | 7:59pm EST | C-SPAN 1
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