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“This collection of the writings of the late Ithiel de Sola Pool is a timely and useful consideration of the work of a founding father of the political science subdiscipline called "political communication." Etheridge's selections from Pool's vast output covers both Pool's intellectual development and his growing interest in the subject of communication… The book is an excellent guide to the history of the subfield and an inquiry into the fundamental questions of democracy and communication. The editing is well done; many of the selections read like contemporary work and thus are the ultimate tribute to a great social scientist. Strongly recommended for all political science collections.”
—E. Lewis, Choice
"Ithiel de Sola Pool was the guru as to the impact of the rapidly developing information technology on the quality of life and democratic processes. The essays in this book illumine the field of communications and society with great clarity and brilliant insights. They constitute an essential base for understanding the telecommunications and information revolution."
—Henry Galler, The Markle Foundation
"Ithiel de Sola Pool was a truly creative and innovative social scientist who firmly believed in the merit and strength of ideas developed in open settings. As the Western adage goes, truth makes one free. Ithiel de Sola Pool not only believed in this but also in the creative and emancipatory nature of technologies in making this adage more deeply and widely realized. He was a person always at ease with different ideas, persons, and environments."
—Takashi Inoguchi, former assistant secretary general of the United Nations