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Read Ammon Shea's blogs and other content on the Penguin Community.

A surprising, lively, and rich history of that ubiquitous doorstop that most of us take for granted.

Ammon Shea is not your typical thirtysomething book enthusiast. After reading the Oxford English Dictionary from cover to cover (and living to write about it in Reading the OED), what classic, familiar, but little-read book would he turn to next? Yes, the phone book. With his signature combination of humor, curiosity, and passion for combing the dustbins of history, Shea offers readers a guided tour into the surprising, strange, and often hilarious history of the humble phone book.

From the first printed version in 1878 (it had fifty listings and no numbers) to the phone book's role in presidential elections, Supreme Court rulings, Senate filibusters, abstract art, subversive poetry, circus sideshows, criminal investigations, mental-health diagnoses, and much more, this surprising volume reveals a rich and colorful story that has never been told-until now.

Synopsis:

From the first printed version in 1878 (it had 50 listings and no numbers) to the phone book's role in presidential elections, Supreme Court rulings, criminal investigations, and much more, this surprising volume reveals a rich and colorful story that has never been told--until now.

About the Author

Ammon Shea is the author of Reading the OED and two previous books about obscure words. He lives in New York City, surrounded by large, old books.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780399535932
Author:
Shea, Ammon
Publisher:
Perigee Books
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Bibliographies & Indexes
Subject:
Reference-Bibliography and Library Science
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20101031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.34 x 5.6 x 0.65 in 0.45 lb
Age Level:
17-17

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