America Calling: A Social History of the Telephone to 1940Read about the other books on the list.
by Claude S. Fischer
Now that phones go with us everywhere, it's hard to remember a time when we couldn't just call someone on a whim. Chronicling the early decades of telephone technology, Fischer, a sociology professor at UC-Berkeley, examines how its spread changed our collective way of life long before we all went mobile.
Claude S. Fischer's latest book is Made in America: A Social History of American Culture and Character.
Also see Nicholas Royle's top ten writers on the telephone.