The Inventor and the Tycoon:
The Murderer Eadweard Muybridge,
the Entrepreneur Leland Stanford,
and the Birth of Moving Pictures

“Engrossing… [A] fascinating story, full of strange and surprising details.”

—The New York Times Book Review

Nearly 140 years ago, in frontier California, photographer Eadweard Muybridge captured time with his camera and played it back on a flickering screen, inventing the breakthrough technology of moving pictures. Yet the visionary inventor Muybridge was also a murderer who killed coolly and meticulously, and his trial became a national sensation. Railroad tycoon Leland Stanford, founder of Stanford University, hired the photographer to answer the question of whether the four hooves of a running horse ever left the ground all at once—and together these two unlikely men launched the movies and the age of visual media. More


Edward Ball is the author of five books of nonfiction. He lives in Connecticut and teaches at Yale University. More