Review of The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore
ICYMI: Graham Moore tells a historical fiction tale based on real events surrounding the rise of the light bulb--with compelling conflicts, spying, details of high society, and various characters' exploration of the billion-dollar question: Who can rightfully claim to have invented this life-changing invention?
The Last Days of Night is a fictionalized account based on the dramatic Edison-Westinghouse-Tesla conflicts during the rise of the light bulb and major developments in electricity.
It's 1888 in New York City, and gas lamps shine and flicker throughout the city. Thomas Edison is suing George Westinghouse in the billion-dollar matter of who actually invented the light bulb in order to determine who will make their fortune powering New York City with electricity.
The story also showcases the rise of Paul Cravath as the creator of the modern law firm model, as Cravath is shown to manage the egos, claims, fame, and legal rights of the various players.
With spying, jaunts to the opera, appearances by J. P. Morgan, closed-door deals, and peeks into the lives of those in high society of New York, The Last Days of Night was a fascinating jaunt into a pivotally evolving time.
The pacing of the the first 100 pages felt slow, but after that I was totally hooked on this very compelling story.
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Graham Moore is also the author of The Holdout, The Sherlockian, Mortal Coil, and others.
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