From Talking Drums to the Internet
An Encyclopedia of Communications Technology
by Robert Gardner and Dennis Shortelle
November 1997, 355pp, 7 x 10
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-0-87436-832-1
$91, £70, 80€, A125
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Since the beginning of time, people have developed new ways to communicate with each other. This fascinating illustrated volume traces the methods of human communication, emphasizing its technology and chronological development.

In From Talking Drums to the Internet, readers will learn about sign language, cave paintings, motion pictures, e-mail, cell phones, electronic publishing, satellites, telepathy, the information Superhighway, microelectronics, and videos. They also learn about inventors and other key people who contributed to communications development. This work is a unique and timely addition for every library.

Robert Gardner is a consultant on science education and has written numerous books and articles.

Dennis Shortelle is a professional historian and chair of the Department of History at Salisbury School, Salisbury, CT.


"More than a simple chronicle, this volume may help readers understand the roots of controversies surrounding technological advancements in communications, from the introduction of the printing press to Internet censorship. A unique and timely addition for most libraries."—Library Journal, February 1, 1998

"This fine reference book covers communications topics throughout history ... Numerous cross-references add to the usefulness of this convenient, one volume source, which will be utilized for assignments in science, history, computer, and communications. Recommended."—The Book Report, May 1, 1998
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