A License to Steal

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Omega Publishing Group, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 270 pages
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Walter T. Shaw's Autobiography - As early as the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, Walter L. Shaw was thinking of speaker phones, conference calls and call forwarding. Of the thirty-nine patents to his credit, those three telephonic breakthroughs were his biggest inventions, yet nobody knows his name. Ahead of the world by decades, Shaw was leading us into a high-tech future as part of the intellectual elite, but he was repeatedly cheated by shrewd businessmen and big corporations. His son, Walter T. Shaw, was enraged by the ill treatment of his father and embraced a personal mission to even the score. Shaw Jr. would become one of the most prolific jewel thieves in U.S. history. Shaw Sr. spent a lifetime inventing and patenting the many means of communication we take for granted today, but it was all for nothing.Tragically, only the Mafia rewarded him. Just to make ends meet for his family, he was persuaded to put his brilliance to work for the mob.

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User Review  - TwilightBlue - LibraryThing

An interesting perspective of a jewel thief's life. Guided in life by his hatred of the rich for the slights against his father, Walter T. Shaw took up a life a crime. In this book he explains how ... Read full review


User Review  - onewholovesjewelry - Overstock.com

Gave this to my soninlaw who is in the communication field. Enjoyed it. Read full review



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