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Sintesi dell'editore

Long before there was VHS versus Betamax, Windows versus Macintosh, or Blu-Ray versus HD-DVD, the first and nastiest standards war was fought over how electricity would be transmitted around the world: alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC). The savage showdown between AC and DC changed the lives of billions of people, shaped the modern technological age, and set the stage for all standards wars to follow.

AC/DC tells the little-known story of how Thomas Edison bet wrong in that war, eventually losing control over the "operating system" for his future inventions - not to mention the company he founded, which would later become General Electric. Today's Digital Age wizards can take lessons from Edison's fierce battle: control an invention's technical standard and you control the market

©2008 Tom McNichol (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

"Though a battle over electrical standards sounds dry, this tale is anything but....[The] book tantalizingly scratches the surface of Edison's ingenuity and force of will, Westinghouse's shrewd business sense, and most of all the sheer eccentricity of Nikola Tesla." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Christopher
  • 05/06/2008

An incredible true story

This book is awesome all the way around!

Very well written, very well read, and an incredible true story about how "Edison General Electric" became just "General Electric".

Highly recommended for those who want to know more about Edison, Westinghouse and Tesla, and the roles they played in the electrification of the world.

5 people found this helpful

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Cindy
  • 19/01/2013

Worth your time

I really liked this book. I had been unaware that Edison was such a , , , snot. So stubborn and insistent. Tesla comes off as the hero here but I am willing to believe it went down that way--especially now that there is such a terrific looking car, the Tesla, for sale! Held my interest and I appreciated learning and being entertained at the same time. Would be a good movie. Edison's part would be the one to have, though! He is the more interesting character in many ways. Not "riveting" but close

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  • Generale
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  • Nancy
  • 05/01/2009

Doggone

I had a visceral response as I listened to the tales of the electrocutions of the various species of dogs. I actually fast forwarded after the first 5 or so minutes in hopes that the results they found in the first couple dogs would be enough to tell the story.

While Edison was brilliant and motivated he really didn't have much human velcro. This was dominant throughout this book.

I recommend this book because of the importance of history - and strangely enough, how things really haven't changed in 100+ years from a human interaction and business posture.

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  • Generale
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  • Utente anonimo
  • 13/04/2021

great book

I have listen it almost 4 times if I remember correct. Most because the admirration I have for Jeorge Westinghouse!

  • Generale
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  • Fen
  • 31/12/2020

Entertaining, but the author should have taken more time to understand basic electrical theory

Throughout the engagingly narrated and written content there persists a cringeworthy mixing of current, voltage and power which, even for a casual listener, undermines the quality of the content.

An in-depth epilogue on standards wars talks at length about HD DVD versus Blu-ray and then VHS versus Betamax. While the content may be factually correct, today it’s more comical than anything else against a backdrop of these standards being so fleeting as to be insignificant.

Overall it’s still worth a listen if the subject is or interest, especially if it’s free as part of Audible membership, but it’s dated and not up to the quality of writing I had expected.

  • Generale
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  • Utente anonimo
  • 15/12/2020

Electricity isnt all about Edison

I am a little taken aback at the Edison worship in this book. They briefly mentioned that he lied to borrow from his talented help and they should of expounded on that. I would think they would at least mention Lewis H Latimer, but no. They barely gave a brief history of electricity and such through the years. But hey it was a book that I read so...that's that

  • Generale
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  • Flying Girl
  • 07/12/2020

Great history

This book is a great lesson on history of electricity in America. It tells it like it was and covers what Edison really was...a person willing to do anything including torturing animals to get ahead. Edison has always been held as a hero for the light bulb, but he wasn’t. More people need to know that. Hero’s don’t kill animals for their own greed. Beware there is some details that describe the torture mid-way through. Tesla is the underdog in history and never stooped to Edison’s level. Thank heavens for this immigrant that invented the wonderful A/C that we still enjoy today. The book also includes other wonderful inventors as well. I recommend this book. Narrator is great!

  • Generale
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  • Chicken fingers and fries
  • 30/08/2020

we might just have found Electric love!

Attention, everyone,
We have a very special treat for you.
It's a musical re-imagine-actenment of the very
Uplifting story of Thomas Edison and Topsy the elephant!

They say Thomas Edison, he's the man to get us
Into this century, and that man is me

They'll say "Aw, Topsy!" at my autopsy
And no one could be, more shocked than me

But I never noticed the curve of her trunk

And I never noticed his electric junk

We might just have found
Electric love
Electric love
Electric love

Electric love
[(Choir:]First he wanted to kill her
Off, now they've found an electric love)
Electric love
(First he wanted to kill her off, now they've found an electric love)
Fits like a glove

This is what really happened, people! THIS MAN, THOMAS EDISON,
SENTENCED TOPSY, THAT BEAUTIFUL ELEPHANT,
TO DIE BY ELECTROCUTION!!! HA HA HA HA!!

Uh-oh.

HERE'S YOUR HERO, DINKLER! HIT IT!!!

Is that you, Louise?

HIT IT!!!

I've been down here so long.
What's it like out there?
Are people still the same with their funny ways?

TEDDY, HIT IT!!!!

Oh, right, the thing we're doin'.

Oh!

TINA!!!

TINA!!!

Tina?
(Dramatic music)

I'm okay.

Oh, thank God!

Oh! Oh, God!

Oof!

I thought we weren't doing the death scene,
But I saw the sparks and went with it. Was I convincing?

Yes. Very.

Oh my God! I almost electrocuted my sister! I've become Edison.
Oh, you wish! So he electrocuted animals,
So what?! As if everyone here's so perfect! (sobs)

  • Generale
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  • AmyRayMB
  • 13/12/2016

it was surprisingly good

I was not really sure how much i would like this book but it was surprisingly good.

  • Generale
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  • Pete Mypaycheck
  • 14/11/2009

A Must 'Read'!!!!

A real gem of an Audiobook! Very well written and narrated. Listen to this, and you'll never think of Edison the same way again! Wow! He was almost something like a cross between a carnival barker and a used car salesman (with a bit of genius).

You won't be sorry if you get this one! Enjoy!