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The Merchant of Power Sam Insull, Thomas Edison, and the Creation of the Modern Metropolis
John F. Wasik
Palgrave MacMillan
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2012-02-04 13:04:52
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The Merchant of Power

Sam Insull, Thomas Edison, and the Creation of the Modern Metropolis

By John F. Wasik.

Cloth with dust jacket, 288 pages, 6-1/8 x 9-1/4", 4 b/w illus. 2008.

also available in softcover

"A timely rags-to-riches story, The Merchant of Power recounts how Sam Insull--right hand to Thomas Edison--went on to become one of the richest men in the world, pivotal in the birth of General Electric and instrumental in the creation of the modern metropolis with his invention of the power grid, which fuels major cities today. John Wasik, awarded the National Press Club Award for Consumer Journalism, had unprecedented access to Sam Insull's archives, which includes private correspondence with Thomas Edison. The extraordinary fall of a man extraordinary for his time is revealed in this cautionary tale about the excesses of corporate power.

"John F. Wasik is one of America's most prominent business and finance journalists and the author of nine books on investing. His column for Bloomberg News, the world's third largest news service, is read in more than 400 newspapers worldwide in five continents."

Table of contents
Preface * Introduction * Tireless as the Tides * The Pearl in the Oyster * Crisis & Consolidation * The Wide-Open City * Love & War * A New Kind of Power* All that Jazz * Managing the Spectacle * Attack from All Sides * Abdication & Exile * Facing the Music * In the Fullness of Time

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