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"An informative business history, illuminating Edison the businessman, industrialist, and manager, showing why he succeeded in some areas and failed in others and how he 'straddled the craft culture of the preindustrial age and the industrial capitalism of the nineteenth century'"

"Millard modestly calls this book 'an advance party crossing the vast stretches of the Edison archives.' That it may be, yet his analysis of the rise and decline of the West Orange laboratory is not likely to be superseded."

"For anyone wishing to expand, in an accessible yet scholarly way, his or her understanding of this uniquely American icon, this is an excellent point of departure."