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Phone Book The Curious History of the Book That Everyone Uses but No One Reads

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ISBN-10: 0399535934

ISBN-13: 9780399535932

Edition: 2010

Authors: Ammon Shea

List price: $14.95
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A surprising, lively, and rich history of that ubiquitous doorstop that most of us take for granted. Ammon Shea is not your typical thirtysomething book enthusiast. After reading the Oxford English Dictionaryfrom cover to cover (and living to write about it in Reading the OED), what classic, familiar, but little-read book would he turn to next? Yes, the phone book. With his signature combination of humor, curiosity, and passion for combing the dustbins of history, Shea offers readers a guided tour into the surprising, strange, and often hilarious history of the humble phone book. From the first printed version in 1878 (it had fifty listings and no numbers) to the phone book's role in…    
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Book details

List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/5/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

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Introduction
The First Phone Book
"It Talks!"
Of Cuttlefish and Poetry: Unusual Telephone Books
Living by the Book
The Phone Book Hall of Fame
Reading the Phone Book
"A Shopping Mall in Print": The Yellow Pages and How They Got That Way
Ripped in Half: The Story Behind a Storied Tradition
The Future of the Phone Book
Final Note
Further Reading
Notes
Index