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A License to Steal

by Walter T. Shaw Author · Mary Jane Robinson Contributor


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As early as the 1940s, Walter L. Shaw was thinking of speakerphones, conference calls, and call forwarding. Of the thirty-nine patents to his credit, those three telephonic breakthroughs were his biggest inventions, yet nobody knows his name. Ahead of the world by decades, Shaw spent a lifetime inventing and patenting the many means of communication we take for granted, but he was repeatedly cheated by shrewd businessmen and big corporations. His son, Walter T. Shaw, was enraged by the ill treatment of his father and embraced a personal mission to even the score. Shaw Jr. became one of the most prolific jewel thieves in U.S. history, while Shaw Sr., in order to make ends meet for his family, was persuaded to put his brilliance to work for the mob.

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Blackstone Publishing
Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Buck 50 Productions, LLC
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Mary Jane Robinson (Contributor)

Mary Jane Robinson is the founder of Story Books, a business committed to helping others preserve their life stories. She has composed more than seventy-five personal histories in the past twenty years. She lives with her family in Naples, Florida.

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Walter T. Shaw (Author)

Walter T. Shaw, Jr., started his crime career as a bagman for the mafia and graduated to master jewel thief. He is now reformed and wrote A License to Steal about his father as an act of redemption.

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Author of introduction, etc. :
Frank Vincent
Contributor :
Mary Jane Robinson
Author :
Walter T. Shaw
Narrator :
Joe Barrett
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