Sunday, October 05, 2008

Mr. Lincoln's T-Mails: The Untold Story of how Abraham Lincoln Used the Telegraph to Win the Civil War by Tom Wheeler

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The Civil War was the first "modern war." Because of the rapid changes in American society, Abraham Lincoln became president of a divided United States during a period of technological and social revolution. Among the many modern marvels that gave the North an advantage was the telegraph, which Lincoln used to stay connected to the forces in the field in almost real time....

This was definitely up my alley. History. Technology. OLD OBsolete technology-that-parallels modern issues... and it was worth reading. Not as riveting as The Victorian Internet, but still a good book to point out interesting parallels with current events and issues vis a vis technology, policy and war.

Mad about Star Wars by Jonathan Bresman, George Lucas

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A really nice retrospective on both Star Wars and MAD magazine. I was almost nostalgic enough to pick up a current issue... until I saw the most recent material. Sadly Mort Drucker did NOT do all the parodies of the movies - all but the most recent, and it was a shame.