The story of telecommunications /

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Author / Creator:Oslin, George P., 1899-1996
Imprint:Macon, Ga. : Mercer University Press, 1992.
Description:xii, 507 p. : ill. ; 27 cm.
Subject:Telecommunication -- History
Telecommunication -- United States -- History.
United States.
Format: Print Book
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ISBN:0865544182 (alk. paper)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (p. 479-485) and index.
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From the earliest days of the telegraph through the era of telephones, televisions, microwaves, computers, and satellites, telecommunications has redefined the way we live our lives. This is a wonderful account of our long and continuing efforts to overcome the restraints of time and space through improved information and communication. It is a story based in part on an impressive collection of journals, diaries, manuscripts, and personal papers. Moreover, since the author was himself so closely involved with the telecommunications industry over such a significant part of its history, his narrative conveys an enjoyable, albeit vicarious, sense of the personalities and the organizations involved in telecommunications. Despite being at times repetitive, the book contains a great many insightful observations and anecdotes about the people and circumstances that first led to technological advances and the relative impact these advances had on society. Although some readers may disagree with the author's interpretations of particular events, most readers will benefit from the wealth of information compiled in this sweeping history. Recommended for general readers and undergraduate students. T. E. Sullivan; Towson State University

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