Books on the history of computers, electronics and telecommunications.
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Bennett, Richard Battersea Works 1856-1956, The Morgan Crucible Company, 1956, pp67. Hb. Dw slightly discoloured around the edges else VG/VG. Published to commemorate 100 years of a specialist manufacturer that produced crucibles, brushes for electric motors, resistors used in electronic equipment and other specialist carbon products. £4.95
Bradley, Keith Phone Wars: The Story of Mercury Communications, Century Business, 1992, pp271. Hb. VG in a VG dust wrapper. A study of Mercury and its struggle with BT undertaken by the Business Performance Group at LSE. A unique account of the privatization and deregulation of the British telecommunications industry. £5.95
Industry of Great Britain: Organization, Efficiency in Production and World
Beama Publication Department, 1929, pp233. Prepared by the statistical
department of the British Electrical and Allied Manufacturers’ Association.
comprehensive statistical study of the electrical industry between the wars.
Mighty Micro: The Impact of the Computer Revolution, BCA/Gollancz, 1979, pp255. Spine
of dust wrapper slightly faded else
VG+ in a
De-mystifies the computer and explains its impact in everyday terms.
Making of the Micro: A History of
the Computer, Gollancz, 1981, pp118. VG
in a VG
A history of the development of the computer from the earliest mechanical
adding machines to the microprocessors of today.
Jackson G B Power Controlled, CEGB, 1967, pp24. Large Format Pb. VG. An illustrated booklet explaining how electricity is generated and distributed in England and Wales. £1.95
Akio (with Edwin M Reingold & Mitsuko Shimomura)
Made in Japan:
Akio Morita & Sony, Collins, 1987, pp309.
VG+ in a
wrapper. The phenomenal post war
rise of Sony described by its chairman. £3.95
Philips, Frederick 45 Years with Philips:
Autobiography of Frederick Philips, Blandford Press, 1978, pp280 plus 45
in a VG+
Frederick’s father and uncle founded Philips.
His own autobiography covers the period 1930 - 1975.
of Eden: The End of Innocence at
Apple Computer, Business Books (Hutchinson), London, 1989, pp356.
Fine in a
wrapper. A case study of the upheavals
at Apple in the period
1983-86 which culminated in John Scilly taking over from
Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple.
Sovereign State: The Secret History
of ITT, Hodder & Stoughton, 1973, pp288.
in a VG
Recounts in devastating detail how big money was able to subvert and
corrupt the Nixon administration, and how ITT played its part.
Electric: The Challenge of
Penguin, 1996, pp176.
in a VG+
Examines how companies like Mitsubishi Electric must change to stay in
front in the global market. £3.95
Albans Grid Control Centre,
Central Electricity Board: South Eastern Region, 1975, pp20 and a facts card in
a rear pocket. Landscape format Pb.
VG. An illustrated booklet.
Wang A N Lessons: An Autobiography, Addison Wesley, 1986, pp250. With Eugene Linden. Hb. VG in a VG dust wrapper. The story of the founder of Wang Computers. £4.95
Watson, Thomas J Jr. and Petrie, Peter
Father, Son & Co.
My Life at IBM and Beyond, Bantam, 1990, pp468.
in a Fine
wrapper. The autobiography of
the man behind the modern IBM. £4.95
Worthy, James C William C. Norris: Portrait of a Maverick, Founder of Control Data Corporation, Ballinger (Harper and Row), Boston, 1987, pp259. VG in a VG- dust wrapper. The dust wrapper shows signs of wear around edges. The story of CDC. £5.95
Young, Peter Power of Speech: A History of Standard Telephones and Cables 1883-1983, Allen & Unwin, 1983, pp220 plus 27 black & white illustrations. Hb. VG+ in a VG dust wrapper. A centenary history. £3.95