The Telephone Gambit

Chasing Alexander Graham Bell's Secret

Seth Shulman (Author)


"A stellar example of historical investigation at its probing best."—Chuck Leddy, Boston Globe

Throughout his career, Alexander Graham Bell, one of the world's most famous inventors, was plagued by a secret: he stole the key idea behind the invention of the telephone. While researching at MIT, science journalist Seth Shulman scrutinized Bell's journals and within them found the smoking gun: a hint of deeply buried historical deception. Delving further into Bell's life, Shulman unearthed the surprising story behind the telephone, a tale of romance, corruption, and unchecked ambition.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • January 2009
  • ISBN 978-0-393-33368-8
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 256 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“A portrait of the thrilling era of innovation in which Bell lived....Succeeds splendidly as an edge-of-your seat historical tale.” — Marjorie Kehe, Christian Science Monitor

“Starred Review. Rewrites history even as it immediately lures readers with scandal and iconoclasm.” — Booklist

“A great tale of historic detection.” — New Scientist

“A dramatic probe into a shocking intellectual theft...the skillful, polished writing makes century-old events spring to life.” — Publishers Weekly

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