The Electric War by Mike Winchell

The Electric War

In the mid-to-late-nineteenth century, a burgeoning science called electricity promised to shine new light on a rousing nation. Inventive and ambitious minds were hard at work. Soon that spark was fanned and given life, and a fiery war was under way to be the first to light—and run—the world with electricity. Thomas Alva Edison, the inventor of direct current (DC), engaged in a brutal battle with Nikola Tesla and George Westinghouse, the inve...

Details The Electric War

TitleThe Electric War
Release DateJan 22nd, 2019
PublisherChristy Ottaviano Books (Henry Holt, Macmillan)
GenreNonfiction, Science, History, Historical, Biography

Reviews The Electric War

  • Kath (Read Forevermore)
    i found this to be a really intriguing account of how electricity came to be in our world. this book definitely satisfied my inner history buff and it was a nice and easy read (that i surprisingly finished while waiting for my world history final to be over).**an arc of this book was sent to me by macmillan (fierce reads).
  • Ms. Yingling
    ARC provided by the author, E ARC from Edelweiss PlusWhile I've been trying to find books about Tesla because he comes up every year as a National History Day subject, I had no idea how contentious and intriguing the "war" between Tesla, Edison and Westinghouse had been!The Electric War first introduces us to our main players, with all of their talents, foibles, and eccentricities, and frames them against the glittering backdrop of the Gilded Age...
  • Alicia
    The book could be used from anything from a biography of Edison, Tesla, and Westinghouse as much as the innovation in science and technology where light, conductivity, and radio are concerned. But, it also showcases the wars that help innovation move forward both in this context but also a larger conversation about how "enemies" always push each other to continually think about the next step. Winchell covers all of the bases and I was particularl...
  • Tracy Wymer
    Terrific read for those looking for nonfiction centered around science and the race to light the world with electricity. I highly recommend this book for young readers (tweens and teens) and adults. It would be an ideal addition for school libraries and for summer reading lists!
  • Tracey
    Good narrative nonfiction. I knew there was quite a bit of animosity between Edison and Tesla, but didn't realize that Edison was quite so vicious.