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The age of Edison : electric light and the invention of modern America

Author: Ernest Freeberg
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2014. ©2013
Series: Penguin history of American life.
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A sweeping history of the electric light revolution and the birth of modern America. The late nineteenth century was a period of explosive technological creativity, but more than any other invention, Thomas Edison's incandescent light bulb marked the arrival of modernity, transforming its inventor into a mythic figure and avatar of an era. In The Age of Edison , award-winning author and historian Ernest Freeberg  Read more...
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Named Person: Thomas A Edison; Thomas A Edison
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ernest Freeberg
ISBN: 0143124447 9780143124443 9781594204265 1594204268
OCLC Number: 849718969
Description: 354 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Series Title: Penguin history of American life.
Responsibility: Ernest Freebert.

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A sweeping history of the electric light revolution and the birth of modern America. The late nineteenth century was a period of explosive technological creativity, but more than any other invention, Thomas Edison's incandescent light bulb marked the arrival of modernity, transforming its inventor into a mythic figure and avatar of an era. In The Age of Edison , award-winning author and historian Ernest Freeberg weaves a narrative that reaches from Coney Island and Broadway to the tiniest towns of rural America, tracing the progress of electric light through the reactions of everyone who saw it and capturing the wonder Edison's invention inspired. It is a quintessentially American story of ingenuity, ambition, and possibility in which the greater forces of progress and change are made by one of our most humble and ubiquitous objects.

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