For Foreign Policy, he named ten books to learn how technology shapes the world.
One book on the list:
The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century's On-line Pioneers by Tom StandageRead about another book on the list.
Standage (who - full disclaimer - still edits my occasional pieces for The Economist's Technology Quarterly) offers a contrarian view on the relative importance of the telegraph (and the relative unimportance of the Internet) seen through the prism of history.
Writers Read: Tom Standage.