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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (19 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455883611
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455883615
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.9 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,165,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A "New Yorker" and "Fortune "Best Book of the Year
"Brilliant."
--"Forbes"
"Thought-provoking. . . . An intellectually ambitious history of modern communications."
--"The New York Times Book Review"
"Fascinating, balanced, and rigorous--a tour de force."
--"The New York Review of Books"
"Entertaining. . . . There's a sharp insight and a surprising fact on nearly every page of Wu's masterful survey."
--"The Boston Globe"
"Unexpectedly fascinating. . . . A substantial and well-written account of the five major communications industries that have shaped the world as we know it: telephony, radio, movies, television and the Internet. . . . The economy and common sense of "The Master Switch" . . . makes it valuable to the non-wonk wondering how we got where we are today, and where we might be headed next."
--"Salon"
"Engaging. . . . Wu presents a powerful case. . . . His scholarly command of the past century of communications innovation is prodigious."
--"The Plain Dealer"
"My pick for economics book of the year."
--Ezra Klein, "The Washington Post"
"An explosive history that makes it clear how the information business became what it is today. Important reading."
--Chris Anderson, author of "The Long Tail "and "Free, "and editor of "Wired "magazine
"A brilliant explanation and history. . . . As fascinating, wide-ranging, and, ultimately, inspiring book about communications policy and the information industries as you could hope to find. . . . Wu is that rare animal, an accomplished scholar who can write about complex ideas in ways that are accessible to all. And the ideas he's covering are as important as any in our ideological marketplace today."
--Cory Doctorow, "Boing Boing"
"Groundbreaking. . . . Offers powerful lessons from the past for the future of the Internet."
--"Nature"
"Original, insightful. . . . Wu provides a compelling reminder of the monopolist instincts of communications and media companies."
--"The Washington Monthly"
"Masterful. . . . Eminently readable. . . . A superstar in the telecommunications world . . . Wu has a way of presenting complex and important concepts in a clear and understandable way."
--Art Brodsky, "The Huffington Post"
"Wu is the rare writer capable of exhuming history and also interpreting current affairs. In this profound and important book, he excels at both."
--"New Scientist"
"Wu's work is a must read for those who want to know about the future of the Internet. "The Master Switch" is brilliant, with a distinctive voice that comes through on every page."
--Josh Silverman, CEO, Skype
"As a history lesson for anyone interested in how innovations move from inventors' garages and laboratories to our living rooms, "The Master Switch" is a good read, but it is its relevance to the evolution of the Internet that makes it an important book."
--"Times Higher Education Supplement"
"Trenchant and provocative. . . . In vivid and often depressing detail, Wu describes how the true inventors and innovators of information technology have been destroyed by their self-aggrandizing counterparts in the executive offices."
--"Toronto Star"
"A free and open Internet is not a given. Indeed, corporate interests are working feverishly to seize control of it. Drawing on history, Wu shows how this could easily happen and why we are at risk of losing the freedom we now take for granted. A must-read for all Americans who want to remain the ones deciding what they can read, watch, and listen to."
--Arianna Huffington
"An ambitious history of the communications industries in the 20th century. . . . [Full of] great stories, and Wu tells them expertly."
--"The Guardian "(London)
""The Master Switch" is a provocative thesis on where the Internet has come from and where it is headed. It will interest technology enthusiasts and all who value a vibrant media market."
--"The Futurist"
"Wu's engaging narrative and remarkable historical detail make this a compelling and galvanizing cry for sanity . . . in the information age."
--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)

A New Yorker and Fortune Best Book of the Year

Brilliant.
Forbes
Thought-provoking. . . . An intellectually ambitious history of modern communications.
The New York Times Book Review
Fascinating, balanced, and rigorous a tour de force.
The New York Review of Books
Entertaining. . . . There s a sharp insight and a surprising fact on nearly every page of Wu s masterful survey.
The Boston Globe
Unexpectedly fascinating. . . . A substantial and well-written account of the five major communications industries that have shaped the world as we know it: telephony, radio, movies, television and the Internet. . . . The economy and common sense of The Master Switch . . . makes it valuable to the non-wonk wondering how we got where we are today, and where we might be headed next.
Salon
Engaging. . . . Wu presents a powerful case. . . . His scholarly command of the past century of communications innovation is prodigious.
The Plain Dealer
My pick for economics book of the year.
Ezra Klein, The Washington Post
An explosive history that makes it clear how the information business became what it is today. Important reading.
Chris Anderson, author of The Long Tail and Free, and editor of Wired magazine
A brilliant explanation and history. . . . As fascinating, wide-ranging, and, ultimately, inspiring book about communications policy and the information industries as you could hope to find. . . . Wu is that rare animal, an accomplished scholar who can write about complex ideas in ways that are accessible to all. And the ideas he s covering are as important as any in our ideological marketplace today.
Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing
Groundbreaking. . . . Offers powerful lessons from the past for the future of the Internet.
Nature
Original, insightful. . . . Wu provides a compelling reminder of the monopolist instincts of communications and media companies.
The Washington Monthly
Masterful. . . . Eminently readable. . . . A superstar in the telecommunications world . . . Wu has a way of presenting complex and important concepts in a clear and understandable way.
Art Brodsky, The Huffington Post
Wu is the rare writer capable of exhuming history and also interpreting current affairs. In this profound and important book, he excels at both.
New Scientist
Wu s work is a must read for those who want to know about the future of the Internet. The Master Switch is brilliant, with a distinctive voice that comes through on every page.
Josh Silverman, CEO, Skype
As a history lesson for anyone interested in how innovations move from inventors garages and laboratories to our living rooms, The Master Switch is a good read, but it is its relevance to the evolution of the Internet that makes it an important book.
Times Higher Education Supplement
Trenchant and provocative. . . . In vivid and often depressing detail, Wu describes how the true inventors and innovators of information technology have been destroyed by their self-aggrandizing counterparts in the executive offices.
Toronto Star
A free and open Internet is not a given. Indeed, corporate interests are working feverishly to seize control of it. Drawing on history, Wu shows how this could easily happen and why we are at risk of losing the freedom we now take for granted. A must-read for all Americans who want to remain the ones deciding what they can read, watch, and listen to.
Arianna Huffington
An ambitious history of the communications industries in the 20th century. . . . [Full of] great stories, and Wu tells them expertly.
The Guardian (London)
The Master Switch is a provocative thesis on where the Internet has come from and where it is headed. It will interest technology enthusiasts and all who value a vibrant media market.
The Futurist
Wu s engaging narrative and remarkable historical detail make this a compelling and galvanizing cry for sanity . . . in the information age.
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"

Brilliant. Forbes
Thought-provoking. . . . An intellectually ambitious history of modern communications. The New York Times Book Review
Fascinating, balanced, and rigorous a tour de force. The New York Review of Books
Entertaining. . . . There s a sharp insight and a surprising fact on nearly every page of Wu s masterful survey. The Boston Globe
Unexpectedly fascinating. . . . A substantial and well-written account of the five major communications industries that have shaped the world as we know it: telephony, radio, movies, television and the Internet. . . . The economy and common sense of The Master Switch . . . makes it valuable to the non-wonk wondering how we got where we are today, and where we might be headed next. Salon
Engaging. . . . Wu presents a powerful case. . . . His scholarly command of the past century of communications innovation is prodigious. The Plain Dealer
My pick for economics book of the year. Ezra Klein, The Washington Post
An explosive history that makes it clear how the information business became what it is today. Important reading. Chris Anderson, author of The Long Tail and Free, and editor of Wired magazine
A brilliant explanation and history. . . . As fascinating, wide-ranging, and, ultimately, inspiring book about communications policy and the information industries as you could hope to find. . . . Wu is that rare animal, an accomplished scholar who can write about complex ideas in ways that are accessible to all. And the ideas he s covering are as important as any in our ideological marketplace today. Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing
Groundbreaking. . . . Offers powerful lessons from the past for the future of the Internet. Nature
Original, insightful. . . . Wu provides a compelling reminder of the monopolist instincts of communications and media companies. The Washington Monthly
Masterful. . . . Eminently readable. . . . A superstar in the telecommunications world . . . Wu has a way of presenting complex and important concepts in a clear and understandable way. Art Brodsky, The Huffington Post
Wu is the rare writer capable of exhuming history and also interpreting current affairs. In this profound and important book, he excels at both. New Scientist
Wu s work is a must read for those who want to know about the future of the Internet. The Master Switch is brilliant, with a distinctive voice that comes through on every page. Josh Silverman, CEO, Skype
As a history lesson for anyone interested in how innovations move from inventors garages and laboratories to our living rooms, The Master Switch is a good read, but it is its relevance to the evolution of the Internet that makes it an important book. Times Higher Education Supplement
Trenchant and provocative. . . . In vivid and often depressing detail, Wu describes how the true inventors and innovators of information technology have been destroyed by their self-aggrandizing counterparts in the executive offices. Toronto Star
A free and open Internet is not a given. Indeed, corporate interests are working feverishly to seize control of it. Drawing on history, Wu shows how this could easily happen and why we are at risk of losing the freedom we now take for granted. A must-read for all Americans who want to remain the ones deciding what they can read, watch, and listen to. Arianna Huffington
An ambitious history of the communications industries in the 20th century. . . . [Full of] great stories, and Wu tells them expertly. The Guardian (London)
The Master Switch is a provocative thesis on where the Internet has come from and where it is headed. It will interest technology enthusiasts and all who value a vibrant media market. The Futurist
Wu s engaging narrative and remarkable historical detail make this a compelling and galvanizing cry for sanity . . . in the information age. Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"

-Brilliant.- --Forbes
-Thought-provoking. . . . An intellectually ambitious history of modern communications.- --The New York Times Book Review
-Fascinating, balanced, and rigorous--a tour de force.- --The New York Review of Books
-Entertaining. . . . There's a sharp insight and a surprising fact on nearly every page of Wu's masterful survey.- --The Boston Globe
-Unexpectedly fascinating. . . . A substantial and well-written account of the five major communications industries that have shaped the world as we know it: telephony, radio, movies, television and the Internet. . . . The economy and common sense of The Master Switch . . . makes it valuable to the non-wonk wondering how we got where we are today, and where we might be headed next.- --Salon
-Engaging. . . . Wu presents a powerful case. . . . His scholarly command of the past century of communications innovation is prodigious.- --The Plain Dealer
-My pick for economics book of the year.- --Ezra Klein, The Washington Post
-An explosive history that makes it clear how the information business became what it is today. Important reading.- --Chris Anderson, author of The Long Tail and Free, and editor of Wired magazine
-A brilliant explanation and history. . . . As fascinating, wide-ranging, and, ultimately, inspiring book about communications policy and the information industries as you could hope to find. . . . Wu is that rare animal, an accomplished scholar who can write about complex ideas in ways that are accessible to all. And the ideas he's covering are as important as any in our ideological marketplace today.- --Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing
-Groundbreaking. . . . Offers powerful lessons from the past for the future of the Internet.- --Nature
-Original, insightful. . . . Wu provides a compelling reminder of the monopolist instincts of communications and media companies.- --The Washington Monthly
-Masterful. . . . Eminently readable. . . . A superstar in the telecommunications world . . . Wu has a way of presenting complex and important concepts in a clear and understandable way.- --Art Brodsky, The Huffington Post
-Wu is the rare writer capable of exhuming history and also interpreting current affairs. In this profound and important book, he excels at both.- --New Scientist
-Wu's work is a must read for those who want to know about the future of the Internet. The Master Switch is brilliant, with a distinctive voice that comes through on every page.- --Josh Silverman, CEO, Skype
-As a history lesson for anyone interested in how innovations move from inventors' garages and laboratories to our living rooms, The Master Switch is a good read, but it is its relevance to the evolution of the Internet that makes it an important book.- --Times Higher Education Supplement
-Trenchant and provocative. . . . In vivid and often depressing detail, Wu describes how the true inventors and innovators of information technology have been destroyed by their self-aggrandizing counterparts in the executive offices.- --Toronto Star
-A free and open Internet is not a given. Indeed, corporate interests are working feverishly to seize control of it. Drawing on history, Wu shows how this could easily happen and why we are at risk of losing the freedom we now take for granted. A must-read for all Americans who want to remain the ones deciding what they can read, watch, and listen to.- --Arianna Huffington
-An ambitious history of the communications industries in the 20th century. . . . [Full of] great stories, and Wu tells them expertly.- --The Guardian (London)
-The Master Switch is a provocative thesis on where the Internet has come from and where it is headed. It will interest technology enthusiasts and all who value a vibrant media market.- --The Futurist
-Wu's engaging narrative and remarkable historical detail make this a compelling and galvanizing cry for sanity . . . in the information age.- --Publishers Weekly (starred review)



"Brilliant." --Forbes

"Thought-provoking. . . . An intellectually ambitious history of modern communications." --The New York Times Book Review

"Fascinating, balanced, and rigorous--a tour de force." --The New York Review of Books

"Entertaining. . . . There's a sharp insight and a surprising fact on nearly every page of Wu's masterful survey." --The Boston Globe

"Unexpectedly fascinating. . . . A substantial and well-written account of the five major communications industries that have shaped the world as we know it: telephony, radio, movies, television and the Internet. . . . The economy and common sense of The Master Switch . . . makes it valuable to the non-wonk wondering how we got where we are today, and where we might be headed next." --Salon

"Engaging. . . . Wu presents a powerful case. . . . His scholarly command of the past century of communications innovation is prodigious." --The Plain Dealer

"My pick for economics book of the year." --Ezra Klein, The Washington Post

"An explosive history that makes it clear how the information business became what it is today. Important reading." --Chris Anderson, author of The Long Tail and Free, and editor of Wired magazine

"A brilliant explanation and history. . . . As fascinating, wide-ranging, and, ultimately, inspiring book about communications policy and the information industries as you could hope to find. . . . Wu is that rare animal, an accomplished scholar who can write about complex ideas in ways that are accessible to all. And the ideas he's covering are as important as any in our ideological marketplace today." --Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

"Groundbreaking. . . . Offers powerful lessons from the past for the future of the Internet." --Nature

"Original, insightful. . . . Wu provides a compelling reminder of the monopolist instincts of communications and media companies." --The Washington Monthly

"Masterful. . . . Eminently readable. . . . A superstar in the telecommunications world . . . Wu has a way of presenting complex and important concepts in a clear and understandable way." --Art Brodsky, The Huffington Post

"Wu is the rare writer capable of exhuming history and also interpreting current affairs. In this profound and important book, he excels at both." --New Scientist

"Wu's work is a must read for those who want to know about the future of the Internet. The Master Switch is brilliant, with a distinctive voice that comes through on every page." --Josh Silverman, CEO, Skype

"As a history lesson for anyone interested in how innovations move from inventors' garages and laboratories to our living rooms, The Master Switch is a good read, but it is its relevance to the evolution of the Internet that makes it an important book." --Times Higher Education Supplement

"Trenchant and provocative. . . . In vivid and often depressing detail, Wu describes how the true inventors and innovators of information technology have been destroyed by their self-aggrandizing counterparts in the executive offices." --Toronto Star

"A free and open Internet is not a given. Indeed, corporate interests are working feverishly to seize control of it. Drawing on history, Wu shows how this could easily happen and why we are at risk of losing the freedom we now take for granted. A must-read for all Americans who want to remain the ones deciding what they can read, watch, and listen to." --Arianna Huffington

"An ambitious history of the communications industries in the 20th century. . . . [Full of] great stories, and Wu tells them expertly." --The Guardian (London)

"The Master Switch is a provocative thesis on where the Internet has come from and where it is headed. It will interest technology enthusiasts and all who value a vibrant media market." --The Futurist

"Wu's engaging narrative and remarkable historical detail make this a compelling and galvanizing cry for sanity . . . in the information age." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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At the heart of this fascinating book is one of the central questions of our age - rendered more urgent by recent events in the Arab world: is the internet a revolutionary innovation that will overthrow the established order... or will it turn out to have been an unruly technology, that will never escape the controlling embrace of corporations and governments? (Guardian) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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