The deal of the century: the breakup of AT&T

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Atheneum, 1986 - Business & Economics - 400 pages
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The true story behind the headline-making event of AT&T's breakup that assesses the long-range implication of divestiture for consumers and for the future of telephone services.

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Crafted with color and drama by an ex-Washington Post staffer, this solid account of the complex events leading to the 1982 AT&T breakup is hard to put down. Coll relates personality, politics ... Read full review


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Steve Coll is a writer for "The New Yorker" and author of the Pulitzer Prize- winning "Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001," He is president of the New America Foundation, a public policy institute in Washington, D.C. Previously he served, for more than twenty years, as a reporter, foreign correspondent, and ultimately as managing editor of "The Washington Post," He is also the author of "On the Grand Trunk Road, The Deal of the Century, and The Taking of Getty Oil," Coll received a 1990 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism and the 2001 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for outstanding international print reporting and the 2000 Overseas Press Club Award for best magazine reporting from abroad. "Ghost Wars," published in 2004, received the Pulitzer for general nonfiction and the Arthur Ross award for the best book on international affairs.

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