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The Electric War

The Electric War

Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Light the World

Mike Winchell

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)


The spellbinding true account of the scientific competition to light the world with electricity.

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 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 inventors of alternating current (AC). There would be no ties in this race—only a winner and a loser. The prize: a nationwide monopoly in electric current. Brimming with action, suspense, and rich historical and biographical information about these brilliant inventors, here is the rousing account of one of the world’s defining scientific competitions.

Christy Ottaviano Books


The Gilded Age. The time period of the late nineteenth century when innovation had become big business, the next colossal invention could belong to anyone, and society itself was the battleground. The United States...

Praise for The Electric War

An NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book
An NSTA Best STEM Book of the Year
A Junior Library Guild Selection
An Amazon Best Book of the Month
A Grateful American Book Prize Honor Book
Winner of the CNY Book Award in Nonfiction

"Readers will be electrified by his three main characters and further enlightened by numerous period photographs."--Booklist

"The war of the currents and its larger-than-life personalities are illuminated by a flickering light. . . the men and the historical events provide plenty of drama."--Kirkus Reviews

"A narrative nonfiction account of cutthroat competition . . . the prose [is] quite inviting and the text is rich with anecdotes. . . which illustrates the debut author’s careful research and commitment to storytelling. Purchase where narrative nonfiction flies off the shelves."--School Library Journal


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Mike Winchell

Mike Winchell is the award-winning author of The Electric War, which was an NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book, an NSTA Best STEM Book of the Year, and winner of the CNY Book Award, among other honors. A veteran English teacher and a secondary education curriculum specialist, he is also the editor of the Been There, Done That anthology series. He lives in upstate New York.

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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