I just finished House of Invention, and it was a very good quick read.
The stories about the inventions of Houdin’s  telecom, Gillette’s
razor,  and Muzak
(George Squier) were funny and interesting. I liked the story about the
duelling Kellogg brothers, and the always fascinating account of the
battle of the currents.  You can see the battle of the currents at
the Museum of Science, which is kind of cool.  Tesla vs. Edison..
Margaret Knight and the flat-bottom paper bag. Its interesting to note
all the politics and social stimuli that resulted in the products we
use today. Even more insightful was the personalities of the people who
had invented these things, and how wild and wacky they were. Gillette
and his ideas about utopia… hmmm..