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The Battery - The Populist Version,
This review is from: The Battery: How Portable Power Sparked a Technological Revolution (Kindle Edition)
As some of the other reviewers indicated, the number of technical errors in the text was a little distracting. After all, this is basic chemistry and physics, it should not have been difficult to get the details correct. However, somewhat more disturbing was the information NOT contained in the text. There are passages relating the smallest of historical details followed by passages which leave out major points of historical significance. Details of minor discoveries that went nowhere are included while topics like the battle between the adherents of DC verses AC power are glossed over. There is little to no mention of either Westinghouse or Tesla yet endless droning on about Edison. Likewise the development of the telegraph is discussed ad nauseam but in the setting of time standards that necessarily followed there is not a single mention of Sir Sandford Fleming. It is almost as if Schlesinger couldn't decide about what he wanted to write. There's some history, some technology, some personalities, but none of the topics is covered fully or evenly.
Overall, the book is an acceptable read for someone without technical background that is looking for some entertainment and general knowledge concerning the history of electricity. But it could have been much better if the author had done better research and the editor had done a better job in ensuring even scale and continuity.