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Top Books On Television History

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Books about the complete history of television, early black and white, color, and digital systems. The evolution of television cameras, video recording and broadcast equipment and the interesting biographies about television inventors such as Farnsworth, Baird, and Zworykin.

1. Zworykin: Pioneer of Television

Zworykin: Pioneer of Television
By Albert Abramson Television pioneer, Vladimir Kosma Zworykin invented the cathode-ray tube called the kinescope in 1929, and the iconoscope, an early television camera. Author Abramson is considered the principal television history researcher in the US. Fifty black-and-white photographs, patent drawings, and interviews with Zworykin complete this top-rated technological biography.
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2. "Philo T. Farnsworth : The Father of Television"

Philo T Farnsworth Father of Television
By Donald G. Godfrey and Christopher H. Sterling Philo T. Farnsworth was the farm boy who conceived the basic operating principles of electronic television at the age of just thirteen years. Farnsworth is considered the "forgotten father of television." The author includes a chronology of biographical events and innovative firsts, reproductions of original technical drawings and notes, family albums, and information on Farnsworth's patents.
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3. John Logie Baird

By Russell Burns John Logie Baird is remembered as being an inventor of mechanical television, an earlier version of television that was discontinued. Burns uses new research material to write an amazing biography, "Having demonstrated a rudimentary system in early 1926 he then developed many other aspects of television and aspired to launch a low-definition television broadcasting service."
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4. The Broadcast Television Industry

By James R. Walker and Douglas A. Ferguson The publisher says that "Broadcast" is a current, comprehensive review of the dominant distributor of television programming in the United States, reviews the history and current practices of both commercial and public television, and explores the regulation of television, the operation of local stations and national networks, audience research, and the future of broadcasting.
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5. Television - An International History

Edited by Anthony Smith and Richard Paterson This is an excellent collection of essays on the historical and international importance of television. Individual experts cover the invention of television, the beginnings of American television, television as a public service, forms and genres, and the future of the medium. Informative, exhaustive, and well documented.
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6. Television - An International History of the Formative Years

By R. W. Burns Examining the history of television from 1878 to 1940, "Television" discusses the technical and social roots of international public broadcasting services. "From the first notions of 'seeing by electricity' in 1878 through the period to Baird's demonstration of television in 1926 and up to 1940, when war brought the advance of the technology to a temporary halt, the development of TV gathered about it a tremendous history."
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