A Question of Power

Electricity and the Wealth of Nations

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Current has become currency. This is the story of electricity-the commodity that determines which nations rise and which fall or remain mired in poverty, and powers us physically and politically.

If, in the ancient world, it was guns and germs and steel that determined the fates of people and nations, in modern times it is electricity. No other form of power translates into affluence and influence like it. Though demand for it is growing exponentially, it remains one of the most difficult forms of energy to supply and to do so reliably. Storage is...

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