Showdown

51ltiepka7l._sy400_.jpgThe Last Days of Night by Graham Moore is a wonderful historical fiction based on events which occurred in the late eighteen hundreds.

In this story, we find Thomas Edison at war with George Westinghouse over who has patent rights on light bulbs.  Westinghouse claims he invented a better light bulb than Edison’s original one. When push comes to shove, Edison sues Westinghouse who in turn hires an unknown young lawyer named Paul Cravath to defend his case.

The story is told from the point-of-view of the lawyer and I thought it was fascinating. Moore is an excellent writer and although some of the facts and timeframes have been altered, the story was new to me. Edison in no way appears to be a nice guy as portrayed in old movies. In fact, few of the players in this saga are anything but ruthless.

I really liked this book and I think you will as well. Next year, it will appear on the big screen. It is true that fact is often stranger than fiction!

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About dianeledet

Professional Writing Consultant, Graduate of DePaul University School for New Learning 2008
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2 Responses to Showdown

  1. janet s says:

    I’m in Philadelphia, and wondering about the tag on this review. What is the connection to Philadelphia in this book? Thinking about suggesting for my reading group.
    Enjoying your reviews!
    Janet

    • dianeledet says:

      George Westinghouse is the Pennsylvania connection. I think this would be an interesting book for a reading group. I would love it if you would share your feedback! Thank you for following my blog! Happy New Year!

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