American Eclipse : A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World, Hardback Book

American Eclipse : A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World Hardback

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In the summer of 1878 three ruthless and brilliant scientists raced to Wyoming and Colorado to observe a total solar eclipse.

One sought to discover a new planet. Another fought to prove that science was not an anathema to femininity. And a young, megalomaniacal inventor sought to test his bona fides and light the world through his revelations. David Baron brings to life these three competitors-James Craig Watson, Maria Mitchell and Thomas Edison-re-creating the jockeying of nineteenth-century astronomy.

With accounts of train robberies and Indian skirmishes, the last days of the Wild West come alive.

A magnificent portrayal of America's dawn as a superpower, American Eclipse depicts a nation looking to the skies to reveal its ambition and expose its genius.

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  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 352 pages, 8 pages of color photographs; 65 illustrations; map
  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: History of science
  • ISBN: 9781631490163

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