A gripping intrigue at the heart of one of the worldâ€™s most important inventions.While researching Alexander Graham Bell at MITâ€™s Dibner Institute, Seth Shulman scrutinized Bellâ€™s journals and within them he found the smoking gun, a hint of deeply buried historical intrigue. Delving further, Shulman unearthed the surprising story behind the invention of the telephone: a tale of romance, corruption, and unchecked ambition. Bell furtivelyâ€”and illegallyâ€”copied part of Elisha Grayâ€™s invention in the race to secure what would become the most valuable U.S. patent ever issued. And afterward, as Bellâ€™s device led to the worldâ€™s largest monopoly, the American Telephone and Telegraph Company, he hid his inventionâ€™s illicit beginnings. In The Telephone Gambit, Shulman challenges the reputation of an icon of invention, rocks the foundation of a corporate behemoth, and offers a probing meditation on how little we know about our own history.