Merchant of Power: Sam Insull, Thomas Edison, and the Creation of the Modern Metropolis

Merchant of Power: Sam Insull, Thomas Edison, and the Creation of the Modern Metropolis

by John F. Wasik
     
 

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 fuels major cities today. John Wasik, awarded the

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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 fuels major cities today. John Wasik, awarded the National Press Club Award for Consumer Journalism, had unprecedented access to Sam Insull's archives, which includes 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403968845
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
03/07/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.41(w) x 9.44(h) x 1.08(d)

Table of Contents


Preface
• Introduction
• Tireless as the Tides
• The Pearl in the Oyster
• Crisis & Consolidation
• The Wide-Open City
• Love & War
• A New Kind of Power* All that Jazz
• Managing the Spectacle
• Attack from All Sides
• Abdication & Exile
• Facing the Music
• In the Fullness of Time

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