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This book was an excellent read. Working at a telephone company in the year 2009 and 2010 has peaked my interest in the origins of the industry. Mr Casson's excitement, enthusiasm ... more », and literary tact takes me back to 1910 and the thoughts of how revolutionary the telephone really was at the time. This book tells of the struggles of Thomas Edison, how he was mentored and encouraged in his work, and how he stumbled upon perhaps one of the greatest inventions in human history.
As I was reading "The History of The Telephone", I couldn't help but thinking about the parallels between modern day communication and how it compares to the technology at the time that the book was written. In 1910, the phone was still in it's infancy much as the internet and computers are in their infancy today. It tickled me that the author was as enthusiastic and excited about the telephone as I am about the internet, world wide web, and today's communication technologies. It's amazing how much the landscape of today's communications has changed since the author wrote about the history or the telephone in 1910 and if he were alive today I am sure he would feel compelled to be as excited about new technologies as he was about the new technology of the telephone in his day.
Read this book if you are interested in a first-hand description of the state of the telephone industry and the challenges in establishing a new technology that has had a profound effect on the world. Mr Casson weaves his love of poetry and carves his words into a great history of the telephone that leaves me longing for more.
Interesting section concerning a refused offer to sell the Bell patents to Western Union in 1876.