AC/DC

Book Name : AC/DC_x000D_
The Savage Tale of the First Standards War

By by Tom McNichol

Sub Title : The Savage Tale of the First Standards War

Written by : by Tom McNichol

Subject Category : Academic Business

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AC/DC tells the little-known story of how Thomas Edison wrongly bet in the fierce war between supporters of alternating current and direct current. The savagery of this electrical battle can hardly be imagined today. The showdown between AC and DC began as a rather straightforward conflict between technical standards, a battle of competing methods to deliver essentially the same product, electricity. But the skirmish soon metastasized into something bigger and darker. In the AC/DC battle, the worst aspects of human nature somehow got caught up in the wires; a silent, deadly flow of arrogance, vanity, and cruelty. Following the path of least resistance, the war of currents soon settled around that most primal of human emotions: fear. AC/DC serves as an object lesson in bad business strategy and poor decision making. Edison's inability to see his mistake was a key factor in his loss of control over the ?operating system? for his future inventions?not to mention the company he founded, General Electric. Wiley; September 2006 ISBN 9780787994884 Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure EPUB format Title: AC/DC Author: Tom McNichol Imprint: Jossey-Bass Subject categories Academic Business > Corporate & Business History Physics > Electricity and magnetism > Electric currents, Alternating Physics > Electricity Science > Environmental Science Science > History Business > Industries Natural Sciences Science > Physics Biography & Autobiography > Science & Technology ISBNs 078799488X 9780787982676 9780787994884 9781118047026 About The Author TOM MCNICHOL is a contributing editor for Wired magazine. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Salon, the Washington Post, and the Guardian. His radio commentaries and satires have aired on NPR’s All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Marketplace. He’s the author of Barking at Prozac (Crown Publishing, 1997), and his work appears in the anthology Afterwords: Stories and Reports from 9/11 and Beyond (Washington Square Press, 2002).

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Academic Business - Corporate & Business History Physics - Electricity and magnetism - Electric currents, Alternating Physics - Electricity Science - Environmental Science Science - History Business - Industries Natural Sciences Science - Physics Biography & Autobiography - Science & Technology

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078799488X - 9780787982676 - 9780787994884 - 9781118047026

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TOM MCNICHOL is a contributing editor for Wired magazine. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Salon, the Washington Post, and the Guardian. His radio commentaries and satires have aired on NPR’s All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Marketplace. He’s the author of Barking at Prozac (Crown Publishing, 1997), and his work appears in the anthology Afterwords: Stories and Reports from 9/11 and Beyond (Washington Square Press, 2002).

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Jossey-Bass