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Computers, Electronics & Telecomms

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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

Cochrane, Rob  Cradle of Power: The Story of the Deptford Power Stations, Central Electricity Generating Board, pp48.  Pb.  VG.  An illustrated history of the series of power stations built at Deptford.  £3.95

(The) Electrical Industry of Great Britain: Organization, Efficiency in Production and World Competitive Position, Beama Publication Department, 1929, pp233.  Prepared by the statistical department of the British Electrical and Allied Manufacturers’ Association.  Large format Hb.  No dust wrapper.  VG.  A comprehensive statistical study of the electrical industry between the wars.  £16.50

Evans C  The Mighty Micro: The Impact of the Computer Revolution, BCA/Gollancz, 1979, pp255.  Spine of dust wrapper slightly faded else VG+ in a VG+ dust wrapper.  De-mystifies the computer and explains its impact in everyday terms.  £3.95

Evans C  The Making of the Micro:  A History of the Computer, Gollancz, 1981, pp118.  VG in a VG dust wrapper.  A history of the development of the computer from the earliest mechanical adding machines to the microprocessors of today.  £3.95

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

Morita, Akio (with Edwin M Reingold & Mitsuko Shimomura)  Made in Japan:  Akio Morita & Sony, Collins, 1987, pp309.  Hb.  VG+ in a VG+ dust 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 illustrations.  Fine in a VG+ dust wrapper.  Frederick’s father and uncle founded Philips.  His own autobiography covers the period 1930 - 1975.  £3.95

Rose, Frank  West of Eden:  The End of Innocence at  Apple Computer, Business Books (Hutchinson), London, 1989, pp356.  Fine in a Fine dust 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.  £3.95

Sampson, Anthony  The Sovereign State:  The Secret History of ITT, Hodder & Stoughton, 1973, pp288.  Inscription.  Hb.  Fine in a VG dust wrapper.  Recounts in devastating detail how big money was able to subvert and corrupt the Nixon administration, and how ITT played its part.  £3.95

Sanders, Sol  Mitsubishi Electric:  The Challenge of Globalization, Penguin, 1996, pp176.  Hb.  VG+ in a VG+ dust wrapper.  Examines how companies like Mitsubishi Electric must change to stay in front in the global market.  £3.95

St 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.  £1.95

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.  Fine in a Fine dust 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

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