The Power Makers: Steam, Electricity, and the Men Who Invented Modern America


I have interest in Edison and Tesla and the battle of the currents, and give presentations on the subject. This well-written book chronicles the development of steam power, batteries, etc. Also covered was the role of financers in the marketing of inventions. I was able to buy a used copy on Amazon -- actually a de-commissioned library book in great shape -- for a very good price.

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I put little "sticky note" tabs in books when I think there is a interesting fact that I can use in my presentations. I had many of these tabs in the pages of the book by the time I finished it. The drama of technology in modern times. This is an absolutely fascinating book.

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I am an electrical engineer, working on Wind Turbines and always like to know the history of things. I've been advancing in this book slowly and don't want it to end. The story is well told, taking the reader through the journey, the people, places, times, and drama that shaped the items that surround us today.

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Viking Warriors including Rollo, Nors When you click on a Sponsored Product ad, you will be taken to an Amazon detail page where you can learn more about the product and purchase it. Sponsored Products are advertisements for products sold by merchants on Amazon. In Klein's hands, their personalities and discoveries leap off the page. Sheikh Tajamul rated it really liked it Apr 06,

Although I would like to hear more about the technical parts of this History and development, the author did a good job in leaving that out, so the book doesn't completely isolate itself from the non-electrical reader. Although, for a non-electrical person, there are parts that are probably hard to follow.

One of the things I enjoy while reading this book are the explanations on how ideas and companies succeeded or failed, some for the brilliance of their ideas, or the marketing behind them, or great investment, or charisma of their leaders, or the relationships to their employees I could not help but compare the stories to the companies I have worked for and make the analogies.

Another amazing thing about this history is realizing how many times in the history of Power things changed completely within a couple of decades. Can anyone imagine that in 50 years Power will be all made from Renewables? But judging by History, paradigms have changed so many times: This is a great book.

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I actually bought several copies and I give them to friends I meet along the way, people passionate about Power, business, innovation and most of all, the story of human kind in modern times. Book is very good, although the explanations of early alternating current pilots and preliminary designs are a jumble of technical accuracy and layman's language.

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Not much different from the experiences of a college freshman in a second semester physics class. I also tripped over the use of expressions like "in the limelight", I struggling with whether that was intentional or not in describing the people who installed arc lighting in Manhattan. These minor criticisms aside, it's a great book in bringing the personalities of the inventors into a dry technical subject, and also because the author provides excellent insight into the dramatic leaps in technology that took significant study to theorize, identify through experimentation, and define through physics and mathematics.

As an engineer, I found this book hard to put down. Having spent years working and teaching in the engineering field--including power engineering--I loved finding so many great stories of my "ancestors" in one place, all in context. For all his appreciation of the importance of the markets in the development of power technology, I was sorry to see the author missed a very important point--the advantage of free markets, not "guided" or "partnered" with government.

As far as the development of steam powered shipping, Robert Fulton sought special consideration from government and was a financial flop, while Cornelius Vanderbilt relied on capitalism and succeeded. This lesson needs to be learned as we find Big Brother trying to steer our nation's decisions on how we will power our homes and businesses.

The Myth of the Robber Barons: A New Look at the Rise of Big Business in America Some of the technical explanations were a little off, but anyone who knows the technology can get past it, and it won't really matter to the non-technical reader.

The Power Makers: Steam, Electricity, and the Men Who Invented Modern America by Maury Klein

In Klein's hands, their personalities and discoveries leap off the page. The Power Makers is a dazzling saga of inspired invention, dogged persistence, and business competition at its most naked and cutthroat—a tale of America in its most astonishing decades. Hardcover , pages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Power Makers , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Oct 12, Michael rated it it was amazing. Basically broken into two parts — the development of steam engines and the mostly subsequent history of innovation and distribution of electrical power — Klein covers all these guys who make my day-to-day societal contributions seem lame and undisciplined.

I would normally criticize such a fictional inclusion in a well-researched book as something like using carton characters to sell smokes or preach about the many perils faced by Guatemalan children, but it really works here.

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The Fairs Philly, Chicago, and the aforementioned New York are selected as the appropriate gauge with which to trace the trajectory of power source development within one lengthy lifetime. Ned, with nine years old gets to visit the first of three World Fairs that he is lucky enough to experience in his lifetime. Philadelphia sets the scene for this fascinating book, that takes the reader on an exciting historical odyssey of mankind's constant technical innovations.

Starting with the first tender steps with steam engines, going through an ever increasing understanding of science with all the big names and ending with the fascinating story of how electric "came of age" and its b Ned, with nine years old gets to visit the first of three World Fairs that he is lucky enough to experience in his lifetime. Starting with the first tender steps with steam engines, going through an ever increasing understanding of science with all the big names and ending with the fascinating story of how electric "came of age" and its big players and inventors got out outmaneuvered from bankers.

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For all tech fans, a book very much worth reading! Feb 08, Lindsay rated it really liked it. The book is exactly what you would expect from the title and a good overview of the evolution of steam and electrical power systems in the United States. I borrowed this from the library, but am thinking about buying a copy to have it on hand for easy reference job-related. Still a good read some parts are skimable depending on your knowledge of this history if you are interested in history of science or just curious about everyday technologies we take for granted.

Aug 08, Smellsofbikes rated it really liked it. First third is largely about the development of steam power as a prime mover and is really cool. Oct 22, Jeff rated it really liked it Shelves: Very good brief histories of the scientific study of heat and electromagnetism in the 19th century.

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