Gold Rules, Pachyderms Die in Lively Stories of Money and Power

An image from Thomas Edisons film, Electrocuting an Elephant, 1903
An image from Thomas Edisons film, Electrocuting an Elephant, 1903

2006-11-09 - New York, United States , James Pressley

The day Thomas Edisons men electrocuted an elephant. Edison sent his men to Coney Island in 1903 to use AC to execute Topsy, a rogue elephant that had killed handlers. Bombarded with 6,000 volts, Topsy crashed to the ground, dead in 10 seconds. A new Edison invention, the movie camera, captured the moment for posterity. Both episodes are recorded in crisp detail in "The Money Men" and "AC/DC," lively new accounts of brawls that shaped two keystones of American enterprise: the dollar and electric...

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