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Westinghouse: The Life & Times of An American Icon

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Westinghouse is a feature-length documentary about the life and times of George Westinghouse, his companies, legacy, personality, partnership with Nikola Tesla and conflict with Thomas Edison.

George Westinghouse is considered America’s greatest industrialist and the only man who would go up against Thomas Edison, and win.

His victory over Edison during the Battle of the Currents set the stage for the entire future of electric power. The Westinghouse air brake is considered one of the most important inventions in history. Automobile shock absorbers, railroad signaling and the modern day weekend all owe their existence to the man who Andrew Carnegie called “A genius who can’t be downed.”

Westinghouse may be most famous for the massive companies that he created, but the man called “Uncle George” was a reserved, creative giant who went out of his way to treat his workforce with dignity and respect. He was an honest millionaire in the days of robber barons, an optimist in the days of skeptics and a generous CEO from whom today's executives can learn.

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George Westinghouse is one of the almost forgotten technological leaders in American history. The electrification of the United States that we take for granted today was made possible by his engineering know-how and business acumen. This very well-done biography would be a worthwhile addition to any school library. --Harold D. Shane, Library Journal

The name of inventor and industrialist George Westinghouse (1846-1914) is familiar to most, thanks to the household appliances that bear his name, but much less is known about the man s remarkable legacy of innovation and beneficent corporate management. A modest bear of a man, Westinghouse was one of the few American industrialists powerful enough to challenge and ultimately defeat Thomas Edison in the battle of the currents, resulting in the systems of electrical generation and distribution that continue to this day. Westinghouse s story is engagingly told in this fascinating feature-length, hi-def shot documentary chronicling his rollercoaster career of unprecedented triumphs and near-tragic losses. In addition to focusing on Westinghouse s creative partnership with pioneering scientist-inventor Nikola Tesla, Westinghouse restores its subject s status as an inventor whose achievements matched and sometimes exceeded Edison s. To some viewers, the glowingly positive tone here might seem like hagiography, but there s enough objective detail to remind us of the fact that Westinghouse was truly one of the greatest American inventors. DVD extras include an audio commentary and bonus interviews. Highly recommended. Editor s Choice. Four Stars --Video Librarian

Offers insight into the accomplishments and legacy of a creative giant who changed the face of industry. --Candace Smith, Booklist


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  • Actors: Carol Lee Espy, Edward J. Reis
  • Directors: Mark Bussler
  • Producers: Inecom Entertainment Company
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Janson Media
  • DVD Release Date: March 16, 2016
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 181 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B003CJXJ40
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,365 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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