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The Chord of Steel: Alexander Graham Bell and the Invention of the Telephone
The Chord of Steel Alexander Graham Bell and the Invention of the Telephone Author:Thomas B. Costain With his ususal skill and charm, Thomas B. Costain has written a detailed and personalized account of how Alexander Graham Bell made his great invention. — He describes how the idea came to Bell -- the difficulties he had in securing a patent; the first dramatic and conclusive test with wires set up between Brantford and nearby towns in Ontario; ... more »the immediate results of that experiment.
Costain was raised in the city where this occurred and has thus been able to bring a good deal of new information to his account of the invention of the telephone.
About the author:
Costain's work is a mixture of history and fiction that relies heavily on historic events (one review stated it was hard to tell where history leaves off and apocrypha begins). His most popular novel was The Black Rose (1945), centered in the time and actions of Bayan of the Baarin also known as Bayan of the Hundred Eyes. Costain noted in his forward that he initially intended the book to be about Bayan and Edward I, but became caught up in the legend of Thomas a Becket's parents: an English knight married to an Eastern girl. The book was a selection of the Literary Guild with a first printing of 650,000 copies and sold over two million copies in its first year.
His research led him to believe that Richard III was a great monarch tarred by conspiracies, after his death, with the murder of the princes in the tower. Costain supported his theories with documentation, suggesting that the real murderer was Henry VII.
Costain died in 1965 at his New York City home of a heart attack at the age of 80. He is buried in the Farringdon Cemetery in Brantford.« less