This is the second and final part of the discussion on Jill Jonnes’s, Empires of Light. Part 1 (episode 10) dealt with an introduction to the historical figures, Edison, Tesla, and Westinghouse, taken from Jonnes’s book and other sources. In this part 2, I focus more specifically on the narrative she creates in her book, and take you through the journey of these three titans of the electric industry. I have a few qualms with the author’s point of view on economics, but I barely touch on them. Instead I focus on all the aspects of the book I like. It really is a great read. You feel like your reading a novel, and she paints a robust picture of this epic and dense time in American history.
The next episode will be on the new, timely, and incredibly important Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan, by the awesome Scott Horton. The title is self explanatory, but Horton gives you an education on the matter you will appreciate.
On deck – The Myth of the Rational Voter by Bryan Caplan (With Dave!)
In the hole – Back to fiction! I’ll announce this after Dave and I select a book…
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