The Electric War: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the


The Electric War: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Light the World [KINDLE] ❆ The Electric War: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Light the World ❤ Mike Winchell – Thomashillier.co.uk In the mid to late nineteenth century, a burgeoning science called electricity promised to shine new light on a rousing nation Inventive and ambitious minds were hard at work Soon that spark was fanne In the mid to War: Edison, PDF/EPUB ä late nineteenth century, a burgeoning science called electricity promised to shine new light on a rousing nation Inventive and ambitious minds were hard at work Soon that spark was fanned and given life, and a fiery war was under way to be the first to light and run the world with electricity Thomas Alva Edison, the inventor of direct current DC , The Electric Kindle - engaged in a brutal battle with Nikola Tesla and George Westinghouse, the inventors of alternating current AC There would be no ties in this bout only a winner and a loser The prize a nationwide monopoly in electric current Brimming with action, suspense, and rich historical and biographical information about these inventors, here is the rousing account of one of the world s defining scientific competitions.

  • 272 pages
  • The Electric War: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Light the World
  • Mike Winchell
  • English
  • 11 February 2019

About the Author: Mike Winchell

Mike Winchell is a War: Edison, PDF/EPUB ä veteran educator with a master s degree in educational leadership He is the creator editor of the BEEN THERE, DONE THAT anthology series, and the award winning author of the young adult narrative nonfiction book, THE ELECTRIC WAR EDISON, TESLA, WESTINGHOUSE, AND THE RACE TO LIGHT THE WORLD He lives in upstate New York with his wife and two children mikewinchellbooks.



10 thoughts on “The Electric War: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Light the World

  1. Kath (Read Forevermore) Kath (Read Forevermore) says:

    i found this to be a really intriguing account of how electricity came to be in our world this book definitely satisfied my inner history buff and it was a nice and easy read that i surprisingly finished while waiting for my world history final to be over an arc of this book was sent to me by macmillan fierce reads.

  2. Ms. Yingling Ms. Yingling says:

    ARC provided by the author, E ARC from Edelweiss PlusWhile I ve been trying to find books about Tesla because he comes up every year as a National History Day subject, I had no idea how contentious and intriguing the war between Tesla, Edison and Westinghouse had been The Electric War first introduces us to our main players, with all of their talents, foibles, and eccentricities, and frames them against the glittering backdrop of the Gilded Age Edison was a self made genius, selling newspaper ARC provided by the author, E ARC from Edelweiss PlusWhile I ve been trying to find books about Tesla because he comes up every year as a National History Day subject, I had no idea how contentious and intriguing the war between Tesla, Edison and Westinghouse had been The Electric War first introduces us to our main players, with all of their talents, foibles, and eccentricities, and frames them against the glittering backdrop of the Gilded Age Edison was a self made genius, selling newspapers on a train route at the age of 12 and becoming a telegraph operator not long after He had a vivid imagination that led to lots of ideas for inventions, but he also had a startling business acumen and an uncanny ability to market ideas to people He was also tenacious to the point of pugnacity, and a hard task master for his employees Tesla was a troubled but brilliant soul who had flashes of ideas that were both revelatory but also troublesome He had an unfortunate business sense, and would rather sacrifice material gain for the name of science Given his volatile nature, he didn t set up his own company and had difficulty staying on a stable path Westinghouse was a fantastic example of moderation in all things he was a solid inventor, a capable and shrewd business man, a fair employer, and a tireless worker The qualities of these three inventors are crucial in understanding the place that each ended up taking in history.In a gripping narrative style that had me avidly turning pages, Winchell sets the stage for all three inventors to grapple with their own inventions of businesses after tantalizing us with this innovation the first electric chair Once I read that Edison was persuaded to be involved with it s invention if the chair used the alternating current favored by his competitor, and even posited that perhaps the process of death by electrocution be termed being Westinghoused , I was hooked We all learn about Edison s attempts to develop the light bulb, and all of the combinations of elements he tried before he reached success, but it was never clearly pointed out that even once he perfected the lightbulb, there was really no way to operate it on a large scale No fixtures in which to use the bulbs and no wide spread electrical grid to provide power Not only did Edison have to produce bulbs, but he had to create lamps and develop a system of electric substations to send out current That he was able to do this in an area as already built up and crowded as New York City is amazing in itself.We take electricity so much for granted that it was fascinating to travel back to a time when it was not only new, but extremely controversial Electricity could lead to fires and even death While it was, of course, extremely helpful to society, it took the 1893 Colombian Exhibition, which was Westinghouse s biggest marketing triumph, to show people that electricity could be useful as well as safe.Complete with period photographs and some invention schematics, as well as an informative timeline and complete bibliography, The Electric War is powerful reading for fans of riveting, literary nonfiction such as Louire s Jack London and the Klondike Goldrush, Jurmain s The Secret of the Yellow Death A True Story of Medical Sleuthing, Borden s Ski Soldier or Martin s In Harm s Way In Harm s Way JFK, World War II, and the Heroic Rescue of PT 109

  3. Mary Mary says:

    This is a book that actually makes the invention of alternating and direct current exciting I learnedfrom this book about electricity than I ever learned in science class.

  4. Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book* Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book* says:

    The Electric War Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse and the Race to Light the World by Mike Winchell, 260 pages Christy Ottaviano Books Henry Holt , 2019 20 Content Language PG 1 swear Mature Content G Violence PG 13 BUYING ADVISORY MS OPTIONAL HS ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL AVERAGE This book looks at how electricity came to be a major source of power Three men Edison, Tesla and Westinghouse, all contributed to the invention and establishment of electricity in the United States Th The Electric War Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse and the Race to Light the World by Mike Winchell, 260 pages Christy Ottaviano Books Henry Holt , 2019 20 Content Language PG 1 swear Mature Content G Violence PG 13 BUYING ADVISORY MS OPTIONAL HS ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL AVERAGE This book looks at how electricity came to be a major source of power Three men Edison, Tesla and Westinghouse, all contributed to the invention and establishment of electricity in the United States The book starts out with the first capital punishment that used the electric chair and then flashes back ten years to show how the three inventors and businessmen surrounding light and power played manipulative games to get the corner on the electricity market I couldn t put this book down and was interested to find out that Edison didn t play nice when bringing electricity to the world I enjoyed the simplified explanations about electricity and the back stories on each of the three men The violence is very upsetting because it describes the torturous killing of the man by electric chair and an experiment that involved dogs getting electrocuted to death not quickly So although the book was informative and interesting I think the content puts it in the high school and makes it advisable instead of essential.Reviewer, C Peterson

  5. Zerlinna Teague Zerlinna Teague says:

    Ok, this all makes sense to me now, as I just read on the author s profile that this series is intended for middle grades I m a full grown adult, but I m fascinated by the war of the currents It all started when a few years ago I read a historical fiction book called The Last Days of Night I was intrigued How much of this was fiction and how much actually happened Did Thomas Edison really stoop so low as to call being electrocuted by alternating current as being Westinghoused Enter Mike Wi Ok, this all makes sense to me now, as I just read on the author s profile that this series is intended for middle grades I m a full grown adult, but I m fascinated by the war of the currents It all started when a few years ago I read a historical fiction book called The Last Days of Night I was intrigued How much of this was fiction and how much actually happened Did Thomas Edison really stoop so low as to call being electrocuted by alternating current as being Westinghoused Enter Mike Winchell s The Electric War.Since this book is intended for middle graders, it is a very simple and easy to understand book about the war of the currents But it confirmed a lot of what I read in historical fiction Both Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse were incredible businessmen And Nikola Tesla a visionary ahead of his time This book captures how badly each of these men wanted to win this war, and also who really deserves the credit as inventor of electricity With that being said, I m sure there are other books meant for adults that may go intodetail about this war Sometimes I was hoping for a littledetail about things I would ve likedexplanation about why alternating current is ultimately safer and the difference between AC and DC How do we use it today How does it all work But this is nitpicky stuff I give the book 4 stars Fun, fast read

  6. Chris Heffernan Chris Heffernan says:

    I didn t realize how much I didn t know about Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse This is a nice mini biography of the 3 explaining how their competition created the world we have today I didn t realize how much I didn t know about Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse This is a nice mini biography of the 3 explaining how their competition created the world we have today

  7. Wendy Wendy says:

    I found a new hero in George Westinghouse I loved the book I thought it was very informative I liked the pictures I m a youth librarian I wasn t sure starting the book off with a murder and the electric chair was quite the right tactic but maybe I m wrong I recommend this.

  8. Barbara Barbara says:

    This one is a 3.5 for me I was thoroughly engaged by this account of the war over alternating current and direct current, mostly because of how the author made the time period and the personalities involved come to life By beginning the book with a planned execution in the electric chair of William Kemmler, a convicted murderer, and then taking readers on the journey that various inventors took to reach that point in their understanding of electricity captures their attention immediately The This one is a 3.5 for me I was thoroughly engaged by this account of the war over alternating current and direct current, mostly because of how the author made the time period and the personalities involved come to life By beginning the book with a planned execution in the electric chair of William Kemmler, a convicted murderer, and then taking readers on the journey that various inventors took to reach that point in their understanding of electricity captures their attention immediately The author returns to Kemmler and the horrors of that first use of the electric chair later, describing just how gruesome and clearly, not humane, it was Along the way, he introduces readers to Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, and Nikola Tesla as they battled for supremacy with how electricity would be delivered Readers get glimpses into the background and personalities of these three men, all fascinating in their own right, and into some of the treachery and gamesmanship played by Edison If the execution of Kemmler is hard to read, perhaps even harder was the description of experiments with dogs All three men were clever inventors able to see into the future, but sadly, Tesla seems to have failed to profit financially from his contributions I finished the book wanting to know evenabout these men and amazed at how much difference light bulbs and electricity have made in our lives The black and white archival photographs that have been included help readers picture clearly the times mostly the latter part of the nineteenth century and understand what the world might be like if all those power lines weren t buried underground One photograph of New York City with above ground power lines amid a blizzard is especially telling It s clear that this author loves his material and enjoyed telling this story to his audience I ll look forfrom him

  9. Teenreadsdotcom Teenreadsdotcom says:

    The story of THE ELECTRIC WAR is reminiscent of a movie called THE CURRENT WAR which tells the historical account of the battle between inventors to control the new industry in electricity that would eventually take over the world.THE ELECTRIC WAR begins with the harrowing story of a drunk man who has gruesomely killed his wife with a hatchet Little does this poor immigrant man know, he will be the first person to be executed by means of the electric chair.After this gripping introduction, auth The story of THE ELECTRIC WAR is reminiscent of a movie called THE CURRENT WAR which tells the historical account of the battle between inventors to control the new industry in electricity that would eventually take over the world.THE ELECTRIC WAR begins with the harrowing story of a drunk man who has gruesomely killed his wife with a hatchet Little does this poor immigrant man know, he will be the first person to be executed by means of the electric chair.After this gripping introduction, author Mike Winchell seemingly abandons this topic completely and describes the development of Thomas Edison s great inventions and progress in the light, electricity, and inventing industries The source of power for his inventions was transmitted with newly developed Direct Current DC.About halfway through the book, the second main character is introduced Nikola Tesla, who developed the Alternating Current AC in order to power light and other electrical devicesefficiently Edison, a close ally to DC electricity, strongly opposed alternating current in order to maintain credibility with the public, and with others in the industry He used vicious tactics to make people afraid and claimed that alternating current caused many deaths and fires, for one simple reason if AC succeeded, he stood no chance of surviving in the industry Winchell continues to describe how Tesla won over the general public and scientists with his many accomplishments, including powering the World s Fair exclusively by AC.That is when the story comes back to the poor immigrant who murdered his wife Edison needed a big way to wow the public since AC had becomepopular Initially, he strongly opposed using electricity as a way of execution, but when he was approached by developers a second time, he agreed to work with them he needed the business The story ends with the dramatic execution of the immigrant man, and the effect that it had on Edison and his company At last, Winchell crowns AC as the king of the currents.I really liked Mike Winchell s THE ELECTRIC WAR a lot I enjoyed learning about the development of AC and DC At the same time, the book had an adventurous and suspenseful tone which made it even better Winchell perfectly combined these elements just the right amount of facts, and just the right amount of adventure I learned a lot about the current war while reading this book and still enjoyed reading it as I would any other fiction novel.I would recommend this book to high school students or anyone looking for a good read who also wants to learn something interesting at the same time

  10. Christina Christina says:

    Excellent book about the three inventors and their battle to achieve control of the electricity market in the early days of the new form of power Biographies of Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, and Nikola Tesla are interwoven with the story of the rise of electricity and the difference between AC alternating current and DC direct current , which of the two types each man was a proponent of, and how they battled to push their method to the fore The book begins with the graphic depiction o Excellent book about the three inventors and their battle to achieve control of the electricity market in the early days of the new form of power Biographies of Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, and Nikola Tesla are interwoven with the story of the rise of electricity and the difference between AC alternating current and DC direct current , which of the two types each man was a proponent of, and how they battled to push their method to the fore The book begins with the graphic depiction of the very first use of the electric chair to execute a criminal, which is certain to grab the attention of reluctant teen readers There are also descriptions of experiments to electrocute animals, which could be disturbing for some readers The writing style is kind of dramatic in some spots The book shows how Edison had started spreading rumors that AC was deadly and was perfect for killing people because he wanted to sellcities on using his system, DC, so he wanted AC to gain a horrible reputation This was a fascinating look at the three men and the inventions they came up with I learned a lot about Westinghouse that I hadn t known air brakes for trains and Tesla he was a brilliant man but lousy at business as well as the culture of the times, including the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, where there was intense competition to be the company that would light up the World s Fair with electricity for the first time Whoever did that would prove once and for all that his system was here to stay The book has a lengthy bibliography, but no sources for the direct quotations, and is illustrated with contemporary illustrations and photographs from the 1890 s I read this book shortly before going to see the movie The Current War in theaters, which is about the same rivalry, so it was quite fun to feel like an expert while watching, and I knew right away the couple of spots where the filmmakers took liberties with the facts in pursuit of adramatic retelling Usually when I see a biopic or other movie based on a real event, either I know nothing about the topic or only have a vague idea This was almost like having this book come to life in front of me

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