The Last Days of Night
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The Last Days of Night


New York, 1888. Gas lamps still flicker in the city streets, but the miracle of electric light is in its infancy. The person who controls the means to turn night into day will make history--and a vast fortune. A young untested lawyer named Paul Cravath, fresh out of Columbia Law School, takes a case that seems impossible to win. Paul's client, George Westinghouse, has been sued by Thomas Edison over a billion-dollar question: Who invented the light bulb and holds the right to power the country?

The case affords Paul entry to the heady world of high society--the glittering parties in Gramercy Park mansions, and the more insidious dealings done behind closed doors. The task facing him is beyond daunting. Edison is a wily, dangerous opponent with vast resources at his disposal--private spies, newspapers in his pocket, and the backing of J. P. Morgan himself. Yet this unknown lawyer shares with his famous adversary a compulsion to win at all costs. How will he do it?

In obsessive pursuit of victory, Paul crosses paths with Nikola Tesla, an eccentric, brilliant inventor who may hold the key to defeating Edison, and with Agnes Huntington, a beautiful opera singer who proves to be a flawless performer on stage and off. As Paul takes greater and greater risks, he'll find that everyone in his path is playing their own game, and no one is quite who they seem.

Title:The Last Days of Night
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:368 pages

    The Last Days of Night Reviews

  • Will Byrnes
    Sep 15, 2016

    All stories are love stories. Paul remembered someone famous saying that. Thomas Edison’s would be no exception. All men get the things they love. The tragedy of some men is not that they are deni...

  • Diane
    Sep 21, 2016

    This novel wears its heart on its sleeve. I could tell the author loved his characters, flaws and all, and was fascinated by the time period. That enthusiasm rubbed off on me, and I enjoyed this book ...

  • Julie
    Apr 14, 2017

    The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore is a 2016 Random House publication. I have been on a wait list for this book, I kid you not, for FOUR MONTHS!! So, the big question is-Was it worth the wait? YE...

  • Candi
    Jan 22, 2017

    "The nighttime of our ancestors is ending. Electric light is our future. The man who controls it will not simply make an unimaginable fortune. He will not simply dictate politics. He will not merely c...

  • Dem
    Oct 22, 2016

    A masterful mix of historical fiction and fact and a wonderful insight into the battle to electrify AmericaEver since watching the TV Series "The Men who built America" I have a great interest in thi...

  • PattyMacDotComma
    Dec 14, 2016

    5★ “ Intellectual property has the shelf life of a banana. —Bill Gates” This was sure a surprise! I don’t know what I was expecting, but not something as interesting and entertaining as this...

  • Marilyn C.
    Nov 06, 2016

    The Last Days of Night is exactly why I enjoy reading historical fiction. I was able to learn about events I knew nothing about such as the legal battle over whether to use A/C or D/C in the late 1800...

  • Perry
    Oct 05, 2016

    Power Plays: May Make for Fantastic Film (Young Manhattan Attorney from Nashville Takes on NY Business Titan Notorious for Narcissism and Bullying)This novel was written by a novelist turned Hollywood...

  • Lela
    Jun 05, 2016

    I was intrigued by the title and know the author's work so I requested this book from Net Galley. When I won and then began reading the description more thoroughly, I wondered if I would actually enjo...

  • Ann Marie
    Aug 01, 2016

    To read more of my reviews, please go to Lit. Wit. Wine & Dine.I do not care so much for a great fortune as I do for getting ahead of the other fellows. - Thomas EdisonUntil I read this book, I had an...

About Graham Moore

Graham Moore

Graham Moore is a New York Times bestselling novelist and Academy Award-winning screenwriter. His screenplay for THE IMITATION GAME won the Academy Award and WGA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2015 and was nominated for a BAFTA and a Golden Globe. The film, directed by Morten Tyldum and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, received 8 Academy Award nominations, including Best Pi