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The merchant of power : Samuel Insull, Thomas Edison, and the creation of the modern metropolis

Author: John F Wasik
Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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A timely rags-to-riches story, The Merchant of Power recounts how Sam Insull--right hand to Thomas Edison--went on to become one of the richest men in the world, pivotal in the birth of General Electric and instrumental in the creation of the modern metropolis with his invention of the power grid, which still fuels major cities today. John Wasik, awarded the National Press Club Award for Consumer Journalism, had  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Wasik, John F.
Merchant of power.
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2006
(DLC) 2005051711
Named Person: Samuel Insull; Samuel Insull
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John F Wasik
ISBN: 9781250089120 1250089123
OCLC Number: 124039428
Awards: Commended for Society of Midland Authors Award (Biography) 2007
Description: 1 online resource (x, 270 pages) : illustrations
Responsibility: John F. Wasik.
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A timely rags-to-riches story, The Merchant of Power recounts how Sam Insull--right hand to Thomas Edison--went on to become one of the richest men in the world, pivotal in the birth of General Electric and instrumental in the creation of the modern metropolis with his invention of the power grid, which still fuels major cities today. John Wasik, awarded the National Press Club Award for Consumer Journalism, had unprecedented access to Sam Insull's archives, which include private correspondence with Thomas Edison. The extraordinary fall of a man extraordinary for his time is revealed in this cautionary tale about the excesses of corporate power.

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