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Short Synopsis
From the author of A History of the World in 6 Glasses comes the fascinating story about the invention of the telegraph and how it's impact a century ago is similar to the Internet's today.

Full Synopsis
The Victorian Internet tells the colorful story of the telegraph's creation and remarkable impact, and of the visionaries, oddballs, and eccentrics who pioneered it, from the eighteenth-century French scientist Jean-Antoine Nollet to Samuel F. B. Morse and Thomas Edison. The electric telegraph nullified distance and shrank the world quicker and further than ever before or since, and its story mirrors and predicts that of the Internet in numerous ways.

"Perkins delivers these stories in a voice that has sufficient gravity but that also leaves room for drama and amusement." ---AudioFile

"Narrator Derek Perkins smoothly helps along passages…" ---Library Journal Audio Review

"Fans of Longitude will enjoy another story of the human side of dramatic technological developments, complete with personal rivalry, vicious competition, and agonizing failures." ---Therese Littleton, Amazon.com

"A lively, short history of the development and rapid growth a century and a half ago of the first electronic network, the telegraph." ---Publishers Weekly
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Tom Standage

The Victorian Internet

The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century's On-line Pioneers

Author Tom Standage

Narrated by Derek Perkins

Publication date Mar 24, 2015

Running time 5 hrs 22 min

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