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Ruling the Waves From the Compass to the Internet, a History of Business and Politics along the Technological Frontier

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ISBN-10: 015602702X

ISBN-13: 9780156027021

Edition: 2001

Authors: Debora L. Spar

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Beginning with the development of the compass, Ruling the Waves examines a series of technological revolutions that promised, in their time, to transform the world's politics and business. With Debora Spar's gifted storytelling, each chapter reads like an adventure tale as she recounts the histories of the printing press and maps; of the telegraph, radio, and satellite television; of software, encryption, and the advent of digital music. At each of these junctures Spar suggests that invention led to both a wave of commerce and of chaos. Entrepreneurs such as Samuel Morse and Rupert Murdoch carved new markets from the emerging technology and proclaimed that the old rules no longer applied.…    
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Book details

List price: $32.50
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 1/7/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.63" wide x 8.63" long x 0.92" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Prologue: The View from Partenia
The First Wave
The Codemakers
Radio Days
BSkyB and the New Wave of Television
Last Stand of the Cypherpunks
Trusting Microsoft
Space Music
Surfing the Barbary Coast
Selected Bibliography