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The Boy Genius and the Mogul: The Untold Story of Television

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The world remembers Edison, Ford, and the Wright Brothers. But what about Philo T. Farnsworth, the inventor of television, an innovation that did as much as any other to shape the twentieth century? That question lies at the heart of The Boy Genius and the Mogul, Daniel Stashower's captivating chronicle of television's true inventor, the battle he faced to capitalize on hi ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 7th 2002 by Broadway (first published 2002)
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Linda
Sep 30, 2008 rated it liked it
This is a very interesting book about the invention of television. Some of the technical dialogue of chemistry and physics was beyond my understanding, but my understanding has grown.....some.
Paul
Feb 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Who invented the light bulb? Who was the first man to step foot on the moon? Who invented TV? Why is so little known about the origins of Television? A very interesting account of the different people who were in intense competion. The first working all-electronic TV was built by Philo Farnsworth who had a working model in 1927 and was assigned the patents after a long drawn out battle with RCA with very deep pockets. The Mogul was the RCA CEO David Sarnoff, a huge name at the time, who also fou ...more
Joshua
Dec 21, 2007 rated it liked it
Yes, this is a good story, although there is no way to check to see how much of this is true since there is only a short list of sources in the back and no notes in the text to check all the quotes that are used. To supplement the book, I would recommend seeing Aaron Sorkin's "Farnsworth Invention" on Broadway, the show is not the authoritative biography on either Fransworth or Sarnoff, but it is an excellent play.

The book's writing is good, although sometimes overly complex with its attempts t
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Ed
Jun 08, 2009 rated it liked it
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Where did television come from? Did it always exist? Did it magically appear with Lucy making funny faces and cutting capers with Ethel and friends. Did you catch that Mitzi Gaynor special in the late 60s? Does General Electric still sponsor your Thursday night fix? Will Get Smart make you smarter, or Land of the Lost help you find enlightenment? Who financed the creation of television broadcasts, and put a chicken in every pot, er, a tv in every living room on which to show the stuff?
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Nov 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Philo was a genius - "Pemme there is another woman in my life, and her name is television". David Sarnoff is a jerk. What a great story about TVs humble beginning. Man's race to send sight waves through the air!
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A lot of information in here I knew nothing about. A sad story, in which the windmills defeat an especially prodigal Don Quixote.
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Daniel Stashower is the author of The Boy Genius and The Mogul as well as the Edgar Award-winning Teller of Tales: The Life of Arthur Conan Doyle. He is also the author of five mystery novels, the most recent of which is The Houdini Specter. Stashower is a recipient of The Raymond Chandler Fulbright Fellowship in Detective and Crime Fiction Writing, and spent a year as a Visiting Fellow at Wadham ...more