Richard Munson

Traces the history of the power industry, discusses the problems that now confront electric utilities across the U.S., and explains what changes will have to be made.

The Power Makers is the most entertaining and informative guide to one of America’s most important industries.…It shows that business as usual doesn’t work, and that a new generation of electricity entrepreneurs can supply the technological innovation this country needs.”

Praise for The Power Makers

It takes a lot to get the average citizen interested in power production, but Munson succeeds admirably.”

Washington Post

This lively history zeros in on the men and women who wired America. … Munson provides a valuable examination of whether the old ways of doing business can survive much longer.”

Business Week

Political book of the year award. … (It) is a sober and thoughtful analysis of the troubled electricity business.”

Washington Monthly

Munson has produced a thoughtful, well-informed assessment of the electric-utility industry that should be useful to anyone who still thinks about energy policy.”


Richard Munson has produced a fascinating history of the electricity business since Thomas Edison.”