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Inevitably, a diminishing portion of the readers who consult this volume will know the major events of the twentieth century at first hand. Ithiel de Sola Pool’s research responded to these events. I believe that it will assist the reader to place his work in the context of Pool’s life and this history. Next, I will place them in the context of his com­ mitment to freedom and the framework that his research was develop­ ing to assess the exponential changes in telecommunications technologies that are underway.