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By Geoffrey Wolff

With those interwoven autobiographical essays, Geoffrey Wolff, writer of the acclaimed The Duke of Deception, recounts the ethical (and immoral) schooling of a author, pal, husband, and father, as he deals his lively, stylish, and deeply felt observations on a unprecedented existence: from wildly dysfunctional formative years Christmases to a concupiscent occupation educating literature in Istanbul; from a victory over the chaos of drink to a life-affirming give up to the majesty of the Matterhorn; and from a foundering friendship to the transcending love of family.

He stocks with us, then, the knowledge of an alert guy studying during the unsettling collisions of time, position, and native customized, and during the strength of difficulty and possibility, to deliver his many disparate selves jointly -- with remarkable high-stakes candor and incredible literary agility.

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I told him that I wanted to see first what will be done with my inventions in America, and this ended the interview. But I am satisfied that some dark forces are at work, and as time goes on the maintenance of continuous communication will be rendered more difficult. The only remedy is a system immune against interruption. It has been perfected, it exists, and all that is necessary is to put it in operation. The terrible conflict is still uppermost in the minds and perhaps the greatest importance will be attached to the magnifying Transmitter as a machine for attack and defence, more particularly in connection with TELAUTAMATICS.

But there are to my best knowledge, no instrumentalities in existence today with which such an object could be accomplished in a precise manner. I have devoted years of study to this matter and have evolved means, making such and greater wonders easily realisable. As stated on a previous occasion, when I was a student at college I conceived a flying machine quite unlike the present ones. The underlying principle was sound, but could not be carried into practice for want of a prime-mover of sufficiently great activity.

Distance is then ABSOLUTELY ELIMINATED, THERE BEING NO DIMINUATION IN THE INTENSITY of the transmitted impulses. It is even possible to make the actions increase with the distance from the plane, according to an exact mathematical law. This invention was one of a number comprised in my “World System” of wireless transmission which I undertook to commercialise on my return to New York in 1900. As to the immediate purposes of my enterprise, they were clearly outlined in a technical statement of that period from which I quote, “The world system has resulted from a combination of several original discoveries made by the inventor in the course of long continued research and experimentation.

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