The Telephone Gambit: Chasing Alexander Graham Bell's Secret

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jan 17, 2008 - Science - 256 pages
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A gripping intrigue at the heart of one of the world’s most important inventions.

While researching Alexander Graham Bell at MIT’s Dibner Institute, Seth Shulman scrutinized Bell’s journals and within them he found the smoking gun, a hint of deeply buried historical intrigue. Delving further, Shulman unearthed the surprising story behind the invention of the telephone: a tale of romance, corruption, and unchecked ambition. Bell furtively—and illegally—copied part of Elisha Gray’s invention in the race to secure what would become the most valuable U.S. patent ever issued. And afterward, as Bell’s device led to the world’s largest monopoly, the American Telephone and Telegraph Company, he hid his invention’s illicit beginnings. In The Telephone Gambit, Shulman challenges the reputation of an icon of invention, rocks the foundation of a corporate behemoth, and offers a probing meditation on how little we know about our own history.
  

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Review: The Telephone Gambit: Chasing Alexander Graham Bell's Secret

User Review  - Nancy Poling - Goodreads

Reads like a mystery. Shulman offers evidence that Alexander Graham Bell copied the patent information from Elisha Gray's caveat. The book demonstrates how winners write history. Read full review

Review: The Telephone Gambit: Chasing Alexander Graham Bell's Secret

User Review  - Jacqueline115 - Goodreads

Good for you Mr. Shulman for educating us on how evil AGB was. AGB was an eugenist (which is mentioned in the book)and a thief. He is probably rolling in his grave now. Read full review

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Contents

PLAYING TELEPHONE
15
DISCONNECTED
21
ON THE HOOK
30
CALLING HOME
43
NO ANSWER
54
OPERATOR ASSISTANCE
67
CLEAR RECEPTION
81
PERSONTOPERSON
88
BAD CONNECTION
142
ON THE LINE
151
CALL WAITING
167
PARTY LINE
183
CONFERENCE CALL
202
Acknowledgments
217
Notes
221
Credits
247

INTERFERENCE
100
CALLER ID
114
TAPPING THE PHONE
130

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About the author (2008)

Seth Shulman is an author, editor, and journalist specializing in issues in science, technology, and the environment. His most recent books include Unlocking the Sky and Owning the Future. He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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