Acclaimed by hobbyists as the best book on radio ever written, Empire of the Air traces the lives of the three visionaries behind the modern communications age--Lee de Forest, Edwin Howard Armstrong, and David Sarnoff--in this fascinating, inspiring, and at times tragic tale. 32 pages of photos.
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YA-- This interesting, readable book intertwines the early history of American radio, including stations, programs, and stars, with the lives of the three geniuses who dominated the industry in its infancy--Lee DeForest and Edward Armstrong, engineering wizards who made significant technological contributions to the medium and then spent their lives and their fortunes fighting over patent rights to the new industry, and David Sarnoff, who watched the two men destroy each other and stepped in to dominate the industry as head of the Radio Corporation of America. Alternating between the technical wizardry, personality quirks, and feuds of these men, and the story of the growth of the industry itself and its influence over American life and leisure, the book is fast-paced, fun reading and doubles as a useful teaching tool for teachers of American history and culture, science, and mass communication. --Richard Lisker, Fairfax County Pub . Lib . , VA
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Lewis (English, Skidmore Coll.) tells the complex history of the development of radio in a clear and straightforward manner. He capably spans the transition from an emphasis on individual inventors to the formidable power and control of a united military/industrial establishment. The careers of inventors Lee de Forest and Edwin H. Armstrong, along with RCA chief David Sarnoff, comprise the book's framework. Lewis examines the technological advancements in the field of radio at the start of the 20th century, and the accompanying patent litigation which impacted the lives of the three men. Lewis's outstanding popular history never becomes unreadable, even in the midst of technical and legal jargon. Expect demand based on the concurrent airing of Ken Burns's PBS documentary based on the book. A recommended acquisition.
-David Dodd, Benicia P.L., Cal.
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