Empires of Light

Historian Jill Jonnes paints a gripping and detailed portrait of three giants of the electrical revolution: Edison, Tesla and Westinghouse. She documents the struggles between them at the turn of the last century as they fought to realise their dreams of a world connected by cheap and plentiful electric power in a story that takes in the cut-throat world of 19th century wall-street and the world’s first execution by the electric chair.

Aug 7, 2014