Empire of the Air

Empire of the Air

The Men Who Made Radio

Book - 1991
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Empire of the Air uncovers the almost unknown story of the creation of radio. It is a story of pioneering technology, of the American entrepreneurial spirit, and of the tragic collision between the corporation and the lone inventor. Published in conjunction with the PBS documentary. 8 pages of photographs.
Publisher: New York : Edward Burlingame Books, c1991.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780060182151
Branch Call Number: 621.3840973 Lew h7ma 01
621.3840973 Lew h7ga 01
Characteristics: vii, 421 pages : illustrations


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Sep 29, 2014

Fantastic history of the radio, as about as complete as humanly possible. Especially liked Mr. Lewis's recounting of Edwin Armstrong, and how Sarnoff stole Armstrong's invention of FM from him, just as Sarnoff stole Philo Farnsworth's television. Sarnoff was truly a despicable character of the first level! Reminds one of today's patent trolls, and Myhrvold's Intellectual Ventures, a modern-day Sarnoff operation, but without any payoff to the citizenry, quite the opposite, in fact!

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