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Marconi: Father of Wireless, Grandfather of Radio, Great-Grandfather of the Cell Phone, The Story of the Race to Control Long-Distance Wireless

Marconi: Father of Wireless, Grandfather of Radio, Great-Grandfather of the Cell Phone, The Story of the Race to Control Long-Distance Wireless
Marconi: Father of Wireless, Grandfather of Radio, Great-Grandfather of the Cell Phone, The Story of the Race to Control Long-Distance Wireless


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Marconi: Father of Wireless, Grandfather of Radio, Great-Grandfather of the Cell Phone, The Story of the Race to Control Long-Distance Wireless


Marconi: Father of Wireless, Grandfather of Radio, Great-Grandfather of the Cell Phone, The Story of the Race to Control Long-Distance Wireless

Not until Marconi has there been an in-depth biography that focuses on the inventor as businessman/entrepreneur and the global race that took place in an effort to dominate and control wireless technology. From the end of the Victorian Era to the First World War, Marconi would take center stage as he perfected the science of sending signals over longer and longer distances. As a result of Marconi’s first “electrical” triumph at the age of twenty-one, he gained ever-increasing attention from powerful interests, including governments, who sought to obtain the keys to the new science from him. Marconi, the “father of radio and radar” would create an industry dominating enterprise that would last for over a quarter of a century. Utilizing important though little-used documents, author Calvin D. Trowbridge Jr. has brought a new perspective to the scientific life and business times of Guglielmo Marconi, proving why Marconi is considered to be one of the most influential people in our history.

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  1. 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A Thrilling Story, April 22, 2010
    By 
    Caro
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    This review is from: Marconi: Father of Wireless, Grandfather of Radio, Great-Grandfather of the Cell Phone, The Story of the Race to Control Long-Distance Wireless (Paperback)

    I hadn’t expected to be interested in a biography of an inventor, but I like biographies and so I bought it. Trowbridge spins an exciting yarn with suspense in every chapter. From Marconi’s challenges as a teenage inventor sneered at by older men who felt they had THE answer to testing new inventions in front of kings and emperors who could make or break his future, the story is riveting. Weather, beautiful women, angry governments and investors furious at Marconi’s use of company profits for more experiments provide suspense enough to keep the reader sitting on the edge of his or her seat.

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  2. 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Marconi and the early days of radio, September 10, 2012
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    Deborah Sue St Clair (Union City, Tennessee) –
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    This review is from: Marconi: Father of Wireless, Grandfather of Radio, Great-Grandfather of the Cell Phone, The Story of the Race to Control Long-Distance Wireless (Paperback)

    Marconi by Calvin D Trowbridge Jr is well written and researched and is really more about the man and his times than about the technology he invented.
    Trowbridge draws on little used primary sources to paint a clear picture of Marconi and his family relations and his work ethetic and indominable quest for increasing the range and usefullness of wireless communication. He was not a theorist but more a pragmatic inventor in the vein of Edison. Like Edison Marconi sacrificed much of his personal life for his work and maybe even hid his painful youth and bad relationship with his father in his work obscession.
    What I liked best about this biography is how Marconi’s life blends with the history of his time and how he excelled both as inventor and businessman and chief promoter of his company. That alone would be worth the read as Marconi could be compaired to Steve Jobs. But there is much more to this story as Marconi’s company undercut and trounced the government supported undersea cable companies and was forced out of the American market after The Great War because the US government did not want a foreign company controlling the now invaluable wireless medium.
    The section about the formation of RCA from the ashes of Marconi America is worth the read even if it takes up a fraction of a chapter. The Navy controlled wireless during and soon after the Great War and did not want to give up the monoply, but Congress was not willing to continue the navy monoply. This lead to the government leading General Electric to form RCA and Marconi America was forced into abandoning the fast growing American market.
    The intregue at the government and business level that Mr Trowbridge paints is worth the read even if you care nothing about radio.
    There is of interest to radio amateurs in this book but it is not favorable by and large. Hams were restricted to 200 meters and below by Congress and that was intended to kill amateur radio. However, they discovered how useful short wave is as a communicatons tool when Marconi initially thought that part of the spectrum useless.
    Marconti shows his intellectual honesty by investigating short wave and announcing this to the British and Austrialian governments who were poised to contract for expensive long wave stations.
    There is much much more in this well researched and carefully written book.

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  3. 3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Engaging history of a man and his time in science and communication., March 8, 2010
    This review is from: Marconi: Father of Wireless, Grandfather of Radio, Great-Grandfather of the Cell Phone, The Story of the Race to Control Long-Distance Wireless (Paperback)

    Family background is engaging, history of the science of communications is fascinating. A real boy with a myriad of interests who disappoints his father but cleverly pursues his passion for science, electricity and sound. Beautifully written, with detail of the sights and sounds and relationships so that you feel that you are there in the moment, and eager to see what can happen next. I was entranced to see the role of sailing and yacht racing in this multifaceted story.

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  4. Yes, you can receive long distance phone calls on your landline, without subscribing to long distance service. This is because the person placing the long distance call is paying the toll charges.

    I use my telco PSTN landline strictly for reliable 911 access – but I do not have long distance or any other features enabled on it (cost too much). But, I can still receive long distance calls, and place outgoing 1-800 toll free calls.

    Otherwise, I just use VoIP for all my incoming/outgoing and long distance phone calling for a fraction of what the PSTN telco’s and mobiles charge.

  5. you do not need to subscribe to a long distance company to receive long distance calls.

    all inbound calls, no matter the source, arrive as “local calls”.

    the only time you need to subscribe to a long distance company is to PLACE long distance calls. This excludes toll free as they are handled differently.

    one thing about not subscribibg to a long distance company is that you do not pay the FCC mandated service fees and no minimum billing schemes.

    I make all LD (IXC) calls via my cell phone.





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