Ruling the Waves (Paperback)
From the Compass to the Internet, a History of Business and Politics along the Technological Frontier
Mariner Books, 9780156027021, 416pp.
Publication Date: January 7, 2003
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Entrepreneurs such as Samuel Morse and Rupert Murdoch carved new markets from the emerging technology and proclaimed that the old rules no longer applied. And for a while, they were right. But eventually--and inevitably--even cowboys need rules: rules of property, rules of coordination, rules of competition. The erstwhile pioneers thus turn to government, lobbying for order and setting the stage for the next wave of discovery.
A fascinating history of business, Ruling the Waves is also an original, thought-provoking analysis of the parallels between past innovations and inventions and our own tumultuous times.
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Praise For Ruling the Waves: From the Compass to the Internet, a History of Business and Politics along the Technological Frontier…
"[An] intriguing and well-crafted new book . . . Truly illuminating."--The Washington Post Book World
"Engaging capsule histories of the growth and eventual control of (maritime) piracy, independent radio broadcasting, encryption, and use of the Internet."--USA Today
"A beautifully written book . . . Spar puts cyberspace in its place."--The Economist