The Telephone Gambit

The Telephone Gambit

Chasing Alexander Graham Bell's Secret

Book - 2008
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While researching Alexander Graham Bell at MIT's Dibner Institute, Seth Shulman scrutinized Bell's journals and within them he found the smoking gun, a hint of deeply buried historical intrigue. Delving further, Shulman unearthed the surprising story behind the invention of the telephone: a tale of romance, corruption, and unchecked ambition. Bell furtively--and illegally--copied part of Elisha Gray's invention in the race to secure what would become the most valuable U.S. patent ever issued. And afterward, as Bell's device led to the world's largest monopoly, the American Telephone and Telegraph Company, he hid his invention's illicit beginnings. In The Telephone Gambit, Shulman challenges the reputation of an icon of invention, rocks the foundation of a corporate behemoth, and offers a probing meditation on how little we know about our own history.
Publisher: New York, NY : W. W. Norton & Co., [2008]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780393062069
Characteristics: 256 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Alexander Graham Bell's secret


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Aug 15, 2013

I found this easy read quite fascinating. I visited Baddeck a number of years ago and the Alexander Graham Bell museum. This little town is where Mabel, Alex and their family spent their summers and I had purchased a biography of Mabel. Shulman makes a compelling case to prove that Alexander Graham Bell is not, in fact, solely responsible for the invention of the telephone, and his research proves that Bell had stolen part of Elisha Grey's caveat, thus allowing him to win the race. Highly recommended read.

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