The Phone Book: The Curious History of the Book That Everyone Uses But No One Reads

The Phone Book: The Curious History of the Book That Everyone Uses But No One Reads

Ammon Shea


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A unbelievable, full of life, and wealthy heritage of that ubiquitous doorstop that almost all people take without any consideration.

Ammon Shea isn't your usual thirtysomething e-book fanatic. After examining the Oxford English Dictionary from disguise to hide (and dwelling to write down approximately it in Reading the OED), what vintage, established, yet little-read ebook might he flip to subsequent? certain, the telephone publication. together with his signature mixture of humor, interest, and fervour for combing the dustbins of heritage, Shea bargains readers a guided journey into the spectacular, unusual, and infrequently hilarious background of the common-or-garden telephone book.

From the 1st published model in 1878 (it had fifty listings and no numbers) to the telephone book's function in presidential elections, preferrred courtroom rulings, Senate filibusters, summary artwork, subversive poetry, circus sideshows, felony investigations, mental-health diagnoses, and masses extra, this amazing quantity unearths a wealthy and colourful tale that hasn't ever been told-until now.

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