Erik Barnouw, Professor Emeritus of Dramatic Arts at Columbia University, co-founded and chaired Columbia's Film Division for many years. He also helped to organize, and headed, the Writers Guild of America. He is Editor in Chief of the International Encyclopedia of Communications and the author of several books, including Indian Film (with S. Krishnaswamy) and The Magician and the Cinema.
<br> On of the better texts on the history of TV. The writing is emotive and well informed. Students read this text with interest and many comment on its excellence. --William Prior, Ramapo College<p><br> Tube of Plenty has established itself as a book that every student of communications must read. It is also a book that every American citizen should read. --David Marc, Annenberg School of Communication, University of Southern California<p><br>Praise for previous editions <p><br> A major achievement. --The Philadelphia Inquirer<p><br> By condensing his scholarly three-volume History of Broadcasting in the United States into a revised and updated paperback...Barnouw has produced an authoritative, well-informed, and highly readable account of the growth and present status of radio and television. --Backstage<p><br> A master of the on-point anecdote, Barnouw has provided us with an eminently readable guide to the forces and personalities, both on and off the air, that developed this nation's system of broadcasting. It is well worth turning off the set for three hours to read. --Fred Friendly, former President, CBS News<p><br> One of the most complete works on [television], a true history in the exact meaning of the word, thorough, and remarkably up-to-date. --Film Library Quarterly<p><br> Still the finest, most readable history of early TV we have. --Richard Gross, University of Wyoming<p><br> An excellent historical introduction to television's emergence in modern American life and culture. Useful for the undergraduate student interested in media/culture studies. --Mark Kosinski, Bradford College<p><br> The best single-volume history of radio and TV in this country. --The New York Times Book Review<p><br> The best single-volume history of television ever written. --Nathan Angell, Brown University<p><br> Barnouw's classic on the evolution of American television is a book worthy of n encore. In Tube, Barnouw achieves the most challenging of feats for a writer--he ennob