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The guy who made the first mobile phone call wrote a book about it

History buffs take note, as Martin Cooper's new book tells the whole story from his own perspective.

Published onJanuary 5, 2021

Martin Cooper DynaTAC
Martin Cooper holds the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X, the world's first cell phone.
  • Martin Cooper, who made the first mobile phone call in 1973, just published a book about that historic event.
  • The book chronicles the development of the first mobile phone and the rivalry between Motorola and AT&T.
  • Cutting the Cord: The Cell Phone Has Transformed Humanity is available now in hardcover, ebook, and audiobook versions.

On April 3, 1973, Motorola employee Martin Cooper held a wireless box to his ear and used it to talk with a man about three miles away. While this seems like nothing extraordinary today, at the time it was a revelation. It was the first time anyone had used a standalone wireless telephone to connect with a “normal” landline.

Today, Mr. Cooper’s book about his work leading up to that event is here. Dubbed “Cutting the Cord: The Cell Phone Has Transformed Humanity,” the book is equal parts history and memoir, with a conclusion that touches on Cooper’s hopes for the future of humanity.

Related: The first cellphone call was made 46 years ago today

Since Cooper is appropriately dubbed “the father of the cell phone,” this account should interest most mobile tech aficionados. While the story of the first mobile phone call is interesting on its own, hearing the account from the man himself is something else entirely.

You can grab the book by hitting the button below. It’s available in hardcover as well as in audiobook and ebook form.