Get a Charge Out of This Book

Sorry, I haven’t been blogging much lately. I’ve been very busy with work. At any rate here’s a press release that I received yesterday:


“An irresistibly entertaining history of electricity from the point of view of the humble battery…high-quality popular-science writing.”—Kirkus

“Henry Schlesinger’s fascinating and superbly researched history of the battery is the story of civilization as we know it…. I’ll never see the humble D cell in quite the same way again!”*—Michael Belfiore, author of The Department of Mad Scientists: How DARPA Is Shaping Our World, from the Internet to Artificial Limbs

“Schlesinger provides an illuminating historical account of a device whose enormous influence has been downplayed or misunderstood…Combining enormous learning with a lively and entertaining style…—Publishers Weekly

“Author Henry Schlesinger is playful, intelligent and obscenely well read…He not only traces the roots of portable power but he’s wise enough to spotlight the odd by-ways and strange turns such as medieval magnetic engineers, Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, twitching frog legs and the Electric Girl Lighting Company.”—Richard Zacks, author of An Underground Education and the best-selling The Pirate Hunter

“… a fascinating history of human innovation spanning three millennia…The Battery is as sparky and as versatile as its subject.”&mdmash;Ken Jennings, NYT Bestselling Author of Brainiac, greatest champion in Jeopardy!

“From its witty subtitle to its lively writing style, to its sheer abundance of fascinating and frequently surprising stories, this is a delightful book…the technological equivalent of Mark Kurlansky’s Cod.”—Booklist

A Scientific American Book Club Selection


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