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The Inventor and the Tycoon - A Gilded Age Murder and the Birth of Moving Pictures

Edward Ball

From the National Book Award-winning author of Slaves in the Family, a riveting true life/true crime narrative of the partnership between the murderer who invented the movies and the robber baron who built the railroads. One hundred and thirty years ago Eadweard Muybridge invented stop-motion photography, anticipating and making possible motion pictures. He was the first to capture time and play it back for an audience, giving birth to visual media and screen entertainments of all kinds. Yet the artist and inventor Muybridge was also a murderer who killed coolly and meticulously, and his trial is one of the early instances of a media sensation. His patron was railroad tycoon (and former California governor) Leland Stanford, whose particular obsession was whether four hooves of a running horse ever left the ground at once. Stanford hired Muybridge and his camera to answer that question. And between them, the murderer and the railroad mogul launched the age of visual media. Set in California during its frontier decades, The Tycoon and the Inventor interweaves Muybridge's quest to unlock the secrets of motion through photography, an obsessive murder plot, and the peculiar partnership of an eccentric inventor and a driven entrepreneur. A tale from the great American West, this popular history unspools a story of passion, wealth, and sinister ingenuity.

From the National Book Award-winning author of Slaves in the Family, a riveting true life/true crime narrative of the partnership between the murderer who invented the movies and the robber baron who built the railroads. One hundred and thirty years ago Eadweard Muybridge invented stop-motion photography, anticipating and making possible motion pictures. He was the first to capture time and play it back for an audience, giving birth to visual media and screen entertainments of all kinds. Yet the artist and inventor Muybridge was also a murderer who killed coolly and meticulously, and his trial is one of the early instances of a media sensation. His patron was railroad tycoon (and former California governor) Leland Stanford, whose particular obsession was whether four hooves of a running horse ever left the ground at once. Stanford hired Muybridge and his camera to answer that question. And between them, the murderer and the railroad mogul launched the age of visual media. Set in California during its frontier decades, The Tycoon and the Inventor interweaves Muybridge's quest to unlock the secrets of motion through photography, an obsessive murder plot, and the peculiar partnership of an eccentric inventor and a driven entrepreneur. A tale from the great American West, this popular history unspools a story of passion, wealth, and sinister ingenuity.
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From the National Book Award-winning author of Slaves in the Family, a riveting true life/true crime narrative of the partnership between the murderer who invented the movies and the robber baron who built the railroads. One hundred and thirty years ago Eadweard Muybridge invented stop-motion photography, anticipating and making possible motion pictures. He was the first to capture time and play it back for an audience, giving birth to visual media and screen entertainments of all kinds. Yet the artist and inventor Muybridge was also a murderer who killed coolly and meticulously, and his trial is one of the early instances of a media sensation. His patron was railroad tycoon (and former California governor) Leland Stanford, whose particular obsession was whether four hooves of a running horse ever left the ground at once. Stanford hired Muybridge and his camera to answer that question. And between them, the murderer and the railroad mogul launched the age of visual media. Set in California during its frontier decades, The Tycoon and the Inventor interweaves Muybridge's quest to unlock the secrets of motion through photography, an obsessive murder plot, and the peculiar partnership of an eccentric inventor and a driven entrepreneur. A tale from the great American West, this popular history unspools a story of passion, wealth, and sinister ingenuity.

Language:

English

Narrators:

John H. Mayer

Length:

15h 21m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:17


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

02:18


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:33


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:04


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:23


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:06


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:48


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:49


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:13


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:24


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:41


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:19


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:20


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:55


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:35


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:54


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:26


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:17


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:09


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:39


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:12


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:50


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:03


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:32


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:02


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:36


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

09:05


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:56


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:38


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:13


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:54


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:52


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:24


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:33


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:39


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:52


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:28


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:18


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:39


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:58


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:08


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:47


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:42


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:14


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:25


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:52


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:27


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:41


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:49


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:37


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:49


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:43


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:14


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:46


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:25


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:32


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:04


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:50


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:32


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:26


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:37


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:06


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:04


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:22


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

08:40


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:59


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

08:12


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:46


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:06


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:00


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:33


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:55


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:07


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:47


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:54


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:12


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:58


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:20


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:30


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:25


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:56


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:06


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

07:07


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:55


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

08:07


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

08:24


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

08:35


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

07:37


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:28


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

08:01


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

03:57


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:46


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

06:51


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

06:17


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

03:57


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

06:23


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:08


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:51


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

09:01


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

07:15


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

06:51


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

06:12


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

06:29


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:33


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

07:44


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

04:05


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

08:35


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:27


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

07:45


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

07:32


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

04:22


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

05:24


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

08:29


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

06:35


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:12


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

07:30


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

07:43


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:40


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

06:26


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

06:40


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

06:16


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

08:53


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

08:08


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

05:04


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

05:58


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

08:08


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

07:32


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

06:32


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

08:22


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

05:02


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

07:23


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

08:12


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

04:06


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

06:28


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

07:56


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

07:28


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

06:34


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

08:16


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

03:28


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

09:23


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

06:10


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

00:35