The Network: The Battle for the Airwaves and the Birth of the Communications Age

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Here is a very well written non-fiction book that reads like a good fiction. The Network is a superb book and interested readers will have weeks of fascinating facts and stories researched and written by Scott Woolley. Woolley is a technology and business writer but don’t expect a dry text of technical writing or technical jargon; this is filled with stories and anecdotes (but almost no fillers and quotes) that grab your attentions from the first page on. The three sections build chronologically from the early phases of communications (undersea cables) in very early nineteen-hundreds through wireless network introduced in nineteen-twenty. We learn about how the military took over control of all national and international airwaves during WWI and much more fascinating information. This book deals with technology of wireless communication through vacuum tube transmitters (by RCA), the communication satellite bill in nineteen-sixty-two and AT&T’s fight against it.

This is also a book of big business, filled with lawsuits, patent infringements, teams of lawyers, and predominantly of the two major figures of communication, Edwin Armstrong and David Sarnoff who started off as good friends but ended up as bitter rivals. The book has no illustrations but they are not needed.


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Author Scott Woolley
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 280 pages
Publisher Ecco
Publish Date 2016-Apr-26
ISBN 9780062242754
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Issue June 2016
Category Science & Nature
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