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About the Author

Calvin D. Trowbridge Jr. has spent forty years in the corporate field observing, analyzing, managing, and writing about international, legal, and financial affairs, marketing and personnel concerns, development, and critical issues. He has been engaged with start-ups, conglomerates, as well as mature companies. Trowbridge has experienced highly competitive and monopolistic settings in hi-tech, service-oriented, and product industries. Trowbridge is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Yale University, and Harvard Law School. He has lived in England and the northeast coast of the United States and, like Marconi, has a deep love for the sea. To prepare for writing this in-depth biography, Trowbridge studied Marconi’s texts, historical events of the time, biographies of scientists and businessmen relevant to Marconi, and financial reports of Marconi companies.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 484 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (February 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439263906
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439263907
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,356,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have been working on Marconi, the Father of Wireless, the Grandfather of Radio, the Great Grandfather of the Cell Phone for over thirty years. During this period, I was General Counsel and Secretary of an international conglomerate, Norton Simon, Inc. While on business trips, I was able to visit many Marconi sites in England, Ireland and Italy. Because I went to Exeter, Yale and Harvard Law School, I was already familiar with Cape Cod where Marconi did some of his earliest work, including sending the first wireless message across the Atlantic Ocean. I currently am a headhunter for lawyers in London, Paris and Milan, and this has given me an opportunity to complete my research. My first jobs were as a corporate lawyer doing securities work which has given me great insight into Marconi's company beginning as a hi tech attic start up, his first ipo and spin offs of parts of his foreign subsidiaries, acquisition of the leading U.S. company, Lee de Forest's United Wireless, and achieving world-wide monopoly status.

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I bought this book for my husband for his birthday.
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The section about the formation of RCA from the ashes of Marconi America is worth the read even if it takes up a fraction of a chapter.
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While the content may be interesting if you stick with it, the transfer to Kindle is atrocious.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Caro on April 22, 2010
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I hadn't expected to be interested in a biography of an inventor, but I like biographies and so I bought it. Trowbridge spins an exciting yarn with suspense in every chapter. From Marconi's challenges as a teenage inventor sneered at by older men who felt they had THE answer to testing new inventions in front of kings and emperors who could make or break his future, the story is riveting. Weather, beautiful women, angry governments and investors furious at Marconi's use of company profits for more experiments provide suspense enough to keep the reader sitting on the edge of his or her seat.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Sue St Clair on September 10, 2012
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Marconi by Calvin D Trowbridge Jr is well written and researched and is really more about the man and his times than about the technology he invented.
Trowbridge draws on little used primary sources to paint a clear picture of Marconi and his family relations and his work ethetic and indominable quest for increasing the range and usefullness of wireless communication. He was not a theorist but more a pragmatic inventor in the vein of Edison. Like Edison Marconi sacrificed much of his personal life for his work and maybe even hid his painful youth and bad relationship with his father in his work obscession.
What I liked best about this biography is how Marconi's life blends with the history of his time and how he excelled both as inventor and businessman and chief promoter of his company. That alone would be worth the read as Marconi could be compaired to Steve Jobs. But there is much more to this story as Marconi's company undercut and trounced the government supported undersea cable companies and was forced out of the American market after The Great War because the US government did not want a foreign company controlling the now invaluable wireless medium.
The section about the formation of RCA from the ashes of Marconi America is worth the read even if it takes up a fraction of a chapter. The Navy controlled wireless during and soon after the Great War and did not want to give up the monoply, but Congress was not willing to continue the navy monoply. This lead to the government leading General Electric to form RCA and Marconi America was forced into abandoning the fast growing American market.
The intregue at the government and business level that Mr Trowbridge paints is worth the read even if you care nothing about radio.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sailing Through Books on March 8, 2010
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Family background is engaging, history of the science of communications is fascinating. A real boy with a myriad of interests who disappoints his father but cleverly pursues his passion for science, electricity and sound. Beautifully written, with detail of the sights and sounds and relationships so that you feel that you are there in the moment, and eager to see what can happen next. I was entranced to see the role of sailing and yacht racing in this multifaceted story.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Solberg on July 10, 2010
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This book drew me in instantly with the novel like narration. It is very well written which was a wonderful surprise. It is well researched as well as becomes evident as you find exactly what Marconi wore in some "scenes." There was a lot of technical information that make it "thick" at times, but I'm sure will be a delight to those so minded. However, it didn't take long for the author to bring me back in with his narrative of Marconi's personal life. There is something for everyone, you need to stick with it to enjoy the full rewards of this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill and Bobbie on October 3, 2013
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While the content may be interesting if you stick with it, the transfer to Kindle is atrocious. In fact I want to say this Kindle edition is a rip-off. You will find many, and I mean many, sentences that have lost initial capitalization. I wanted to return the "book" but can't find a way to return a Kindle book download for a refund. Look elsewhere for the digital version.
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I wish I would have heeded the previous reviewers posting …. this e-book is almost unreadable. There are typo's in EVERY SENTENCE. Amazon (and the author) should be embarrassed to be selling this publication. Efforts to contact Amazon for a refund have been unsuccessful. Don't waste your money ….
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By R. Dean Sever on December 1, 2014
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Fascinating historically accurate biography of the Father of Wireless radio. Very easy to read, brought insite on historical references of the events surrounding Marconi's life that are not easy to find elsewhere.
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