The name of Westinghouse is synonymous with the electrical industry. But, what, specifically, was his contribution is vague in the minds of many readers. This lively text deals with Westinghouse from his childhood in rural New York, through his Civil War career and industrial successes both as an entrepreneur and inventor, to his death in 1914, when the sixty-eight year old manufacturer still looked ahead to new projects despite his physical infirmities. Well-paced, this text establishes Westinghouse as a man of unique vigor and places him in context of his contemporaries, particularly in terms of his relationship to Edison. The stuff of which the Horatio Alger myth is built, this biography has a general appeal and is particularly recommended to students with a mechanical or scientific bent.