The Summer House

The Summer House

Book - 2010
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Before smartphones, back even before the Internet and personal computer, a misfit group of technophiles, blind teenagers, hippies, and outlaws figured out how to hack the world's largest machine: the telephone system. Starting with Alexander Graham Bell's revolutionary “harmonic telegraph," by the middle of the twentieth century the phone system had grown into something extraordinary, a web of cutting-edge switching machines and human operators that linked together millions of people like never before. But the network had a billion-dollar flaw, and once people discovered it, things would never be the same.

Exploding the Phone tells this story in full for the first time. It traces the birth of long-distance communication and the telephone, the rise of AT&T's monopoly, the creation of the sophisticated machines that made it all work, and the discovery of Ma Bell's Achilles' heel. Phil Lapsley expertly weaves together the clandestine underground of “phone phreaks" who turned the network into their electronic playground, the mobsters who exploited its flaws to avoid the feds, the explosion of telephone hacking in the counterculture, and the war between the phreaks, the phone company, and the FBI.

The product of extensive original research, Exploding the Phone is a ground-breaking, captivating book.
Publisher: Toronto : McArthur & Co., ©2010
ISBN: 9781552789650
9781552788424
Branch Call Number: WILLETT
Characteristics: 299 p. ; 23 cm

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2314joni
Jul 08, 2014

A slow moving story, nicely told, about a grown man trying to find himself through his childhood memories.

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whalvin
Jun 04, 2013

A lovely story with many twists and turns. I did not want to put it down, the cleaver ending that you didn't expect made you guessing till the end.
Great author, want to read more of Marcia Willett.

Junglequeen Jul 28, 2011

This is about a successful writer, Matt, who felt troubled by his feeling of loss all his life. When he inherited a box containing family photos and letters from his late mother, he was more confused. Especially when he found several photos of him as a child. Or was it him? The clothes look unfamiliar and why wasn't his sister, Imogen in any of them? An intriguing story! Also in the story is his sister Imogen, who fell in love with the Summer House where they spent their early childhood years. She wanted to buy the house but realized how it might affect her relationship with her veterinarian husband who want to move near his practice.

I find this a wonderful interesting story but the ending was quite unexpected and not what I thought. What a twist! A good read!

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josie3706
Jul 15, 2013

A good summer read with characters you will care about.
Matt and his sister Imogen are raised mostly by a family friend after the death of their father and their mother's slide into depression. But even as an adult and a newly successful writer, Matt feels something missing and in the house of the title comes to an unexpected discovery about his past.
Set in the west of England with loving details about the countryside. If you like Rosamunde Pilcher or Maeve Binchy, you will like Marcia Willett.

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