'not only is the book a good read, but also it is a valuable source book for writers, historians and researchers pursuing the history of, or writing on, the subject of mass communications ... The anecdotes are often highly amusing, but mostly are entertaining or informative ... an important book'
Electronics and Communications Engineering 'engaging book ... Professor Marvin's research is firmly based on the technical literature of the time, and fluently expressed ... many intriguing questions are implicit in her presentation.'
American Studies International 'This most informative book helps the modern reader to comprehend the speed at which electricity-dependent technologies have altered human perceptions of humankind and the world.'
Choice 'splendid history of the late nineteenth century's version of the information technology revolution ... Marvin has told a fascinating story and drawn on a wealth of contemporary material.'
Roger Silverstone, Times Higher Education Supplement 'This is an important book, not only for media historians but also for electrical engineers who are interested in learning about how the public reacted to the introduction of electrical inventions and how these affected social habits and customs.'
R.W. Burns, Life Review 'full of aptly chosen anecdotes and quotations from contemporary newspapers and magazines, some of which are very amusing' Antony Anderson,
New Scientist 'A wide-ranging, informative, and entertaining account of the early years of electric and electronic development, this book rethinks the traditional artifactual and institutional approaches to media history.'
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