American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World

Version: Unabridged
Author: David Baron
Narrator: Jonathan Yen
Genres: North America, Science & Technology, Astronomy & Physics
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
Published In: June 2017
# of Units: 12 CDs
Length: 13 hours
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Overview

In the scorching summer of 1878, with the Gilded Age in its infancy, three ruthless and brilliant scientists raced to Wyoming and Colorado to observe a rare total solar eclipse. One sought to discover a new planet. Another-an adventuresome female astronomer-fought to prove that science was not an anathema to femininity. And a young, megalomaniacal inventor, with the tabloid press fast on his heels, sought to test his scientific bona fides and light the world through his revelations. David Baron brings to three-dimensional life these three competitors-James Craig Watson, Maria Mitchell, and Thomas Edison-and thrillingly re-creates the fierce jockeying of nineteenth-century American astronomy. With spellbinding accounts of train robberies and Indian skirmishes, the mythologized age of the last days of the Wild West comes alive as never before. A magnificent portrayal of America's dawn as a scientific superpower, American Eclipse depicts a young nation that looked to the skies to reveal its towering ambition and expose its latent genius.

Author Details

Author Details

Baron, David

David Baron, an award-winning journalist, is a former science correspondent for NPR and former science editor for the public radio program The World. An incurable umbraphile whose passion for chasing eclipses began in 1998, he lives in Boulder, Colorado.