The Summer HouseBook - 2010
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.
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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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