The Age of Edison by Ernest Freeberg
Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America (Penguin History American Life)

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More about the times than the person, The Age of Edison is an important illumination of the invention that is today taken for granted but has enabled the advent of Internet communications and the information society.
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A sweeping history of the electric light revolution and the birth of modern America
 
The late nineteenth century was a period of explosive technological creativity, but more than any other invention, Thomas Edison’s incandescent light bulb marked the arrival of modernity, transforming its inventor into a mythic figure and avatar of an era. In The Age of Edison, award-winning author and historian Ernest Freeberg weaves a narrative that reaches from Coney Island and Broadway to the tiniest towns of rural America, tracing the progress of electric light through the reactions of everyone who saw it and capturing the wonder Edison’s invention inspired. It is a quintessentially American story of ingenuity, ambition, and possibility in which the greater forces of progress and change are made by one of our most humble and ubiquitous objects.
 

About Ernest Freeberg

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ERNEST FREEBERG is a distinguished professor of humanities in the history department at the University of Tennessee. He is the author of The Education of Laura Bridgman and Democracy's Prisoner, which was a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist and winner of the David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in American Legal History and the Eli M. Oboler Award from the American Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Roundtable. Freeberg is a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians and has produced a number of public radio documentaries on historical themes.
 
Published February 21, 2013 by Penguin Books. 368 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Stephen Roulac on Aug 13 2014

In telling this story, Ernest Freeberg paints a vivid portrait of the hunger for and rewards of creativity.

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Reviewed by David A Price on Feb 22 2013

Mr. Freeberg's broad research adds up to a vivid social history with parallels for today's technology innovators and for those who wish to increase their number.

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Reviewed by Stephen Roulac on Feb 21 2013

More about the times than the person, The Age of Edison is an important illumination of the invention that is today taken for granted but has enabled the advent of Internet communications and the information society.

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