Books by Tom Standage

Tom Standage is the technology correspondent for The Economist. His previous books include The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century’s On-Line Pioneers and The TURK: The Life and Times of the Famous Eighteent


WRITING ON THE WALL by Tom Standage
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"Many of these points were made with greater intellectual rigor in William Bernstein's Masters of the Word (2013), and Standage's habit of seeing a proto-Internet in every historical use of media eventually prompts fatigue and disbelief."
The technologies are different, but the habit of sharing information horizontally and in two directions is a lot older than the Internet, argues the Economist's digital editor. Read full book review >
AN EDIBLE HISTORY OF HUMANITY by Tom Standage
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2009

"An intense briefing on the making of our world from the vantage point of food history."
Society is what it eats. Read full book review >
A HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN SIX GLASSES by Tom Standage
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2005

"History, along with a bit of technology, etymology, chemistry and bibulous entertainment. Bottoms up! (24 b&w illustrations)"
Technology historian Standage (The Turk, 2002, etc.) follows the flow of civilization as humanity guzzles a half-dozen prime beverages. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 25, 2002

"Good fun, and a gentle reminder that science and showbiz have been happy partners for a long time. (25 b&w illustrations, throughout)"
English technology journalist Standage (The Victorian Internet, 1998, etc.) recounts the quirky history of a mechanical chess-playing machine. Read full book review >
THE VICTORIAN INTERNET by Tom Standage
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 1998

"Recommended to fans of scientific history. (b&w illustrations)"
The telegraph, which now seems a curious relic, was once cutting-edge technology, every bit as hot, Standage reminds us, as today's Internet. Read full book review >