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The Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America by Ernest Freeberg

The Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America by Ernest Freeberg

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The Age of Edison:  Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America by Ernest Freeberg is a 354-page hardcover published by The Penguin Press, New York.  Copyright 2013.  The condition is very good.

Book Summary

The late nineteenth century was a period of explosive technological creativity, but arguably the most important invention of the era was Thomas Edison's incandescent light bulb.  Unveiled in bis Menlo Park, New Jersey, laboratory in 1879, the light bulb overwhelmed Americans with the sense that they were witnessing the birth of a new age.  More than any other invention, electric light marked the arrival of modernity, and Edison became a mythic figure and the avatar of an era.

In The Age of Edison, Freeberg weaves a narrative that reaches from Coney Island and Broadway to the tiniest towns or rural America, tracing the progress of electric light through the reactions of everyone who saw it.  It is a quintessentially American story of ingenuity, ambition, and possibility in which the greater forces of progress and change are made visible by one of our most humble and ubiquitous objects.

ISBN:  978-1-59420-426-5

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