“Last Days of Night” by Graham Moore


By Graham Moore

A non-stop, page-turning historical thriller based on actual events, this rocking tale about the battle to bring electricity to New York City in 1888 is all about genius, ambition and the high price that must be paid to achieve both.

As we begin, electric light is just now getting some press. Thomas Edison is winning the races to the patent office when it comes to his slew of “inventions.” But when it comes to the fight for electricity, he must sue his only rival, George Westinghouse, for the hefty amount of one billion dollars and the right to claim genius status. Mr. Westinghouse hires a young attorney named Paul Cravath. Just out of Columbia Law, Cravath hasn’t had any experience as of yet, but the monumental task facing the young attorney proves quickly that he is a real go-getter.

Edison is nobody’s fool and is a very crafty opponent. Both of these men are very compulsive and want to win their case at all costs. So, as Attorney Cravath makes his plans for a counterattack against Edison, the inventor tries to keep one step ahead of him. Cravath has to give up much of his personal life as things come to a head and the Westinghouse Company files for bankruptcy. With big guns on his side, namely Nikola Tesla, Alexander Graham Bell and J.P. Morgan, Cravath will do all he can to win his first case and send Edison into the land of losers.

This book should not sit idly on a shelf. Moore has done brilliant research into a world ruled by so-called inventors who did anything and risked everything to claim that must-have patent that would fill their bank accounts. A truly fascinating novel that is part law/part order over the clash of…the light bulb.

Reviewed by Mary Lignor, Professional Librarian and Co-Owner of The Write Companion

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