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"We will make electricity so cheap that only the rich will burn candles." Thomas Edison's confidence in his electric light invention was so emphatic that he launched a company to sell a year before his first successful bulb experiment. But, as this new addition to the Penguin History of American Life shows, even Edison's daring predictions pale before the radical transformations caused by his invention. Ernest Freeberg's luminous new narrative shows that the long-lived "Wizard of Menlo Park" (1847-1931) not only created a technology that changed lives worldwide, but also helped create a culture of invention, making systematic research a disciplined, economic activity. An engrossing historical study of ingenuity at work.