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The Battle for the Airwaves

book cover image: the network

In The Network, investigative journalist Scott Woolley recounts one of the greatest business heists in American history - the massive rip-off of the airwaves.  He recounts the decades old story and friendship of David Sarnoff and Edwin Armstrong as they oversaw the birth of radio and television. However, many corrupt politicans and corporations saw Sarnoff and Armstrong as a threat to their power and rigged the rules to keep communications channels scarce and prices high.  The Network tells the dramatic story of the friendship that drove a revolution in global communications and the powerful political and corporate interests that hijacked America's airwave.  These fights over the future of global communications continue to rage.