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

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In the scorching summer of 1878, with the Gilded Age in its infancy, three tenacious 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 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.

“Baron brilliantly presents these three pioneers, their ambitions, and their struggles. As America again prepares to experience solar totality, Baron transports us to a remarkable moment that brought a nation together to witness the wonders of the heavens.”
Booklist (starred review)

“This fascinating portrait of the Gilded Age is suffused with the peculiar magic and sense of awe that have always attended eclipses, those fraught few minutes when day becomes night, time stands still—and anything seems possible.”
—Hampton Sides, New York Times bestselling author of Blood and Thunder and In the Kingdom of Ice

“Brilliantly researched and beautifully crafted, American Eclipse conveys historical discoveries and scientific obsessions with the verve and excitement of a work of fiction.”
—John Pipkin, author of The Blind Astronomer’s Daughter

Title : American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World
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ISBN : 1631490168
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 352 pages


Pouting rated it ★★★☆☆

July 20, 2017

Another nonfiction book that wasn't bad but I didn't enjoy because of my own personal tastes. I got pretty bored reading about scientists trying to go out of their way just to observe an eclipse, and I couldn't relate with the authors clearly visceral feelings towards eclipses. I don't even get w...

Blaine rated it ★★★★★

July 19, 2017

I personally loved this book. As I sit in my home that is directly in the path of the August 21, 2017 Total Eclipse I can begin to experience to excitement that the 1878 Eclipse generated to a much less sophisticated society. So much has happened in the last 139 years in terms of exploration of t...

Andie rated it ★★★★☆

July 23, 2017

Appearing just before the total eclipse that will across the United States on August 21, 2017, this book deals with the total eclipse of 1878, the last time there was such an event across a wide swath of the United States. This year, there are reams of material to describe what is gong to happen...

Peter rated it ★★★★☆

July 11, 2017

July 29th, 1878 A total eclipse that made an arcing line from Alaska swooping down to Texas and the Gulf of Mexico. It was a great American eclipse and the time was an alignment of more than celestial bodies in American history. This was a period in US history where a recognizably modern technolo...

Matthew rated it ★★★★☆

August 03, 2017

This was a great history book to read if you plan on chasing the upcoming American eclipses in 2017 or 2024 or any other eclipse in the future. This is a timeless book. I was afraid it would be some rush job to try to capitalize on the furor this year, without a lot of effort put into it. I was a...

Jeimy rated it ★★★★☆

July 03, 2017

The title lets readers know that the book will be about a particular eclipse, but the introduction left me wanting more anecdotes about earlier solar eclipses. Nonetheless, this was a satisfying read that focused on all the luminaries who gathered to witness the eclipse of 1786. It was fascinatin...

Alana rated it ★★★★☆

July 22, 2017

My well-read hairdresser recommended this to me, knowing my family is getting ready to go camping and view this even this year. When the author was featured at a speaker at our local library, my husband and I decided to check it out and see if we could learn something. He was a dynamic speaker an...

Caren rated it ★★★☆☆

August 15, 2017

This was an interesting introduction to solar eclipses by looking at one particular eclipse in US history. Aspects of the natural phenomenon are told through the efforts of three scientists to travel West (at a time when the West was still rather wild) to view a total solar eclipse on July 29, 18...

Leslie rated it ★★★★☆

July 30, 2017

This very timely account of the solar eclipse of 1878 shows how the study of astronomy and that event was linked to many things, from the American quest to be serious students of science (on the world stage) to women's rights to the quest to discover more planets...and more. It was interesting to...

RMazin rated it ★★★★★

June 12, 2017

Where is the author of American Eclipse? This August, if he is not on a book tour, he will be heading to Wyoming to witness a total solar eclipse in the US. David Baron has a “case of total solar eclipse fever.” Who can blame him after reading his engaging account of the US solar eclipse in 1887?...

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