Fleet Fire: Thomas Edison and the Pioneers of the Electric Revolutionby L J Davis
The electric revolution, which eclipsed the Industrial Revolution by the end of the 19th century and continues to this day, changed our world forever. Fleet Fire tells us how it all began. In an engaging and entertaining narrative, L. J. Davis fields a cast of both prominent and forgotten characters, from dedicated scientists and mischievous rogues to enlightened amateurs who lit the sparks of discovery. Franklin's kite, Davenport's electromagnet, Morse's telegraph, Cyrus Field's transatlantic cable, and Edison's phonograph are but a few of the achievements Davis discusses. Explaining the science in lucid prose, Fleet Fire conveys the arc of discovery during one of the most creative epochs in the history of mankind.
Author Biography: L. J. Davis is the author of three novels and four works of nonfiction. He contributes to a wide range of periodicals including Mother Jones, Harpers, and The Daily Deal. He was a Guggenheim Fellow and the winner of a National Magazine Award. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
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Fantastic. At first the book just sat on my coffee table for weeks, but then, as I read a little here and there, I began to delve into it more deeply. The book gives insight into the sometimes odd (Tesla) or unlikely (Morse) characters responsible for trailblazing electric discoveries and technology. Why do we never hear about an electric revolution anyway when it was equally important to the industrial revolution? We see that these early inventors, notably Edison, were often deeply flawed -- both in business abilities and in ethics. As a former devotee of Ayn Rand's mythic lone inventor, we see more clearly the nature of genius and the role of groups of people in various capacities in advancing an idea.