The Last Days of Night (2017) is a page-turning historical thriller—based on actual events—about the nature of genius, the cost of ambition, and the battle to electrify America. In 1888, the miracle of electric light is in its infancy. Thomas Edison has won the race to the patent office and is suing his only remaining rival, George Westinghouse, for the unheard of sum of one billion dollars. To defend himself, Westinghouse makes a surprising choice in his attorney: He hires an untested twenty-six-year-old fresh out of Columbia Law School named Paul Cravath.
The task facing Cravath is beyond daunting. Edison proves to be a formidable, wily, and dangerous opponent. Yet this young, unknown attorney shares with his famous opponent a compulsion to win at all costs. How will he do it? As he takes greater and greater risks, he’ll find that everyone in his path is playing their own game, and no one is quite who they seem.
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EVENT: Discussion of The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore
DATE: Thur., Dec. 10
TIME: 11am – noon