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Wasik, John F.
The merchant of power : Samuel Insull, Thomas Edison, and the creation of the modern metropolis
Secondary Title (usually periodical title)
Volume (periodical)
Number (periodical)
Accession Number (For ERIC and similar collections)
Call Number
HD9685.U6 I578 2006
333.793/2/092 B 22
1403968845 (alk. paper)
Insull, Samuel, 1859-1938.
Commonwealth Edison Company--History.
Businesspeople--United States--Biography.
Electric utilities--United States--History.
Holding companies--United States--History.
Public utilities--United States--History.
x,270 p.
Location Published
New York
Palgrave Macmillan
Date of Publication
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The publisher's description: 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.