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I highly recommend The Master Switch by Tim Wu. It's a new book, by an Internet entreprenuer turned Columbia law professor, on the last hundred years of communications and communications policy. An exciting read and certainly the most engrossing book by a law professor I ever read.


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  1. Gregory Rehmke on January 20, 2011 11:53 am

    I ordered and am reading The Master Switch. It is a great read and the history of government-business interplay in the telecommunications sector is fascinating.

    In reading through, however, there have been a fair number of comments, observations, and claims that I think are misleading. Much of the story of the rise of the theory and practice of “natural monopolies” is not mentioned (the huge public relations campaign funded by Samuel Insull of Chicago Edison, for example).

    But still it is a great story with much fascinating detail. Here is a post from a market-oriented technology scholar on the book: http://techliberation.com/2010/11/29/how-should-libertarians-think-about-the-master-switch/

    Greg

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