In the ancient world, guns, germs, and steel determined the fates of people and nations; now, more than ever, it is electricity. Some three billion people are now living in places where per-capita electricity use is less than what’s used by an average US refrigerator. How we close the gap between the electricity rich and the electricity poor will affect everything from women’s rights and health care to warfare and climate change. In his new book, A Question of Power, Robert Bryce tells the human story of electricity and explains why some countries have electrified while others remain stuck in the dark. Our cities, our very lives, depend on electricity. Electricity has fueled a new epoch in the history of civilization. This book explains how that happened and what it means for our future.
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