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A historical legal thriller centered on the key personalities who fought the “War of the Currents”—Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, and Westinghouse’s young, talented lawyer, Paul Cravath. It’s John Grisham meets The Alienist.

New York, 1888. The miracle of electric light is in its infancy, and untold glory (and untold riches) await the man who can power the nation with this new technology. Thomas Edison, “the wizard of Menlo Park,” has won the race to the patent office and is now suing his only remaining rival, George Westinghouse, for infringement for the unheard of sum of a billion dollars. To defend himself, Westinghouse makes a surprising choice in his attorney: he hires an untested twenty-six year-old fresh out of Columbia Law School named Paul Cravath.

The task facing Cravath is beyond daunting—Edison quickly shows himself an implacable and crafty opponent who will lie, cheat, and betray (and worse) in order to win. To defeat Thomas Edison seems impossible, yet this young, unknown attorney shares with his famous opponent a compulsion to win at all costs. How will he do it? Paul, a man of principle, starts making compromises he never imagined. And as he takes greater and greater risks, he’ll find that everyone is playing their own game, and no one is quite who they seem.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A model of superior historical fiction . . . Graham Moore digs deep into long-forgotten facts to give us an exciting, sometimes astonishing story of two geniuses locked in a brutal battle to change the world. . . . [A] brilliant journey into the past. Washington Post
  • The Last Days of Night is a wonder, a riveting historical novel that is part legal thriller, part techno-suspense. This fast-paced story about the personal and legal clash over the invention of the light bulb is a tale of larger-than-life characters and devious doings, and a significant meditation on the price we as a society pay for new technology. . . . Thoughtful and hugely entertaining. Scott Turow
  • A satisfying romp . . . Takes place against a backdrop rich with period detail . . . Works wonderfully as an entertainment . . . As it charges forward, the novel leaves no dot unconnected. New York Times Book Review
  • This captivating historical novel illuminates a fascinating American moment. People
  • Mesmerizing, clever, and absolutely crackling, The Last Days of Night is a triumph of imagination. Graham Moore has chosen Gilded Age New York as his playground, with outsized characters—Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse—as his players. The result is a beautifully researched, endlessly entertaining novel that will leave you buzzing. Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl
  • In The Last Days of Night, Graham Moore takes us back to the dawn of light—electric light—into a world of invention and skulduggery, populated by the likes of Edison, Westinghouse, Tesla, and the novel’s hero, a young lawyer named Paul Cravath (a name that will resonate with ambitious law students everywhere). It’s part legal thriller, part tour of a magical time—the age of wonder—and once you’ve finished it, you’ll find it hard to return to the world of now. Erik Larson, author of The Devil in the White City
     
  • A fascinating portrait of American inventors . . . Moore crafts a compelling narrative out of [Paul] Cravath’s cunning legal maneuvers and [Nikola] Tesla’s world-changing tinkering, while a story line on opera singer Agnes Huntington has the mysterious glamour of The Great Gatsby. . . . Moore weaves a complex web. . . .  He conjures Gilded Age New York City so vividly, it feels like only yesterday. Entertainment Weekly
  • “The Last Days of Night is a wonder, a riveting historical novel that is part legal thriller, part techno-suspense. This fast-paced story about the personal and legal clash over the invention of the light bulb is a tale of larger-than-life characters and devious doings, and a significant meditation on the price we as a society pay for new technology. Thoughtful and hugely entertaining.”

    Scott Turow, New York Times bestselling author

  • “In The Last Days of Night, Graham Moore takes us back to the dawn of light—electric light—into a world of invention and skulduggery, populated by the likes of Edison, Westinghouse, Tesla, and the novel’s hero, a young lawyer named Paul Cravath (a name that will resonate with ambitious law students everywhere). It’s part legal thriller, part tour of a magical time—the age of wonder—and once you’ve finished it, you’ll find it hard to return to the world of now.”

    Erik Larson, bestselling author of The Devil in the White City

  • “Mesmerizing, clever, and absolutely crackling, The Last Days of Night is a triumph of imagination.”

    Gillian Flynn, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick of the Best Books of August 2016
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
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