"A perfect blend of economic insight, historical anecdotes, and lessons that present and future regulators in any industry can use to benefit citizens and society rather than being guided by their own aims, biases, or fears. Anybody interested in telecom, politics, regulation, or economics should read this book; they will learn much."Jeffrey Dorfman, Forbes.com

"A remarkable new book by Clemson University economist Thomas Hazlett... tells a chilling story of an agency that has always been both more and less than it appears to be."Larry Downes, Washington Post

"Given the exciting promise of today’s technology, how did we end up hamstrung by such a backward regulatory regime? Mr. Hazlett provides a fascinating history."Gregory L. Rosston, Wall Street Journal

"US spectrum guru Tom Hazlett... has written a spectrum thriller."Kane Mumford, Policy Tracker

"A masterpiece of wisdom and wit, The Political Spectrum proves that, when applied to the airways, the higher the stakes, the higher the waste. Tom Hazlett’s narrative is comprehensive, incisive, and characteristically hilarious."Vernon L. Smith, Chapman University, 2002 Nobel Laureate in Economics

“Among [the] proponents of a market for spectrum, none is more vocal and persuasive than …Thomas Hazlett…. Hazlett has done an extraordinary service demonstrating the harm of government-managed spectrum.”Lawrence Lessig, The Future of Ideas

"An insightful, entertaining account of U.S. communications policy history. All serious students of regulation in practice will benefit from Hazlett’s dissection of the Federal Communications Commission’s leading decisions and its failure modes. I read it twice, cover to cover."Peter Pitsch, former Chief of the FCC Office of Plans & Policy

“Few understand spectrum, and yet few things are more important to our networked future. Tom Hazlett covers it all superbly.  A monumental work.”Gerald Faulhaber, The Wharton School and School of Law, University of Pennsylvania

"Leading policy scholar Thomas Hazlett presents a stinging critique of rules governing 'spectrum'—and tells us how to improve things. Insightful, witty, and chock-full of rich historical accounts, the book is illuminating and a pleasure to read."Marius Schwartz, Professor of Economics, Georgetown University, and former Chief Economist, FCC

"Tom Hazlett describes convincingly and clearly how federal regulation of the radio spectrum epitomizes crony capitalism in the U.S.  With colorful writing and extensive research, The Political Spectrum demonstrates how spectrum regulation provides politicians and regulators with a goody bag of campaign contributions while in office and high-salaried jobs afterwards, all at the expense of the general welfare."Bruce M. Owen, Emeritus Professor of Public Policy, Stanford University

"A masterful book written in an agreeably informal and non-technical style, this is essential reading for anyone interested in the law and economics of spectrum allocation, from Marconi to the Internet."H.E. Frech III, University of California, Santa Barbara

"Tom Hazlett shows convincingly that, with the best of intentions (and often not), artificial limits on spectrum use have limited access news, information, public service and arts and culture." Adam Clayton Powell III, Director, Washington Programs, USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy, University of Southern California

"Understanding wireless demands expertise in science, economics and government, requiring a top-notch, ambidextrous analyst. Tom Hazlett has plowed all the ground. What can’t be learned in this riveting and instructive tour d’horizon is likely not worth knowing."Fred S. McChesney, University of Miami

“In this book, Thomas W. Hazlett shows how administrative management of the radio spectrum has always been inefficient and, with the mobile and digital revolutions, the costs of not allocating spectrum by the market are rising dramatically. This is a deadly serious subject, but Hazlett’s engaging writing style vastly enlivens it." Martin Cave, author of Spectrum Management—How to Get the Best Out of the Airwaves for Society and the Economy