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Accidental Empires
by Robert X. Cringely


Overview - Computer manufacturing is -- after cars, energy production and illegal drugs -- the largest industry in the world, and it& 39;s one of the last great success stories in American business. Accidental Empires is the trenchant, vastly readable history of that industry, focusing as much on the astoundingly odd personalities at its core -- Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mitch Kapor, etc.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Computer manufacturing is -- after cars, energy production and illegal drugs -- the largest industry in the world, and it& 39;s one of the last great success stories in American business. Accidental Empires is the trenchant, vastly readable history of that industry, focusing as much on the astoundingly odd personalities at its core -- Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mitch Kapor, etc. and the hacker culture they spawned as it does on the remarkable technology they created. Cringely reveals the manias and foibles of these men (they are always men) with deadpan hilarity and cogently demonstrates how their neuroses have shaped the computer business. But Cringely gives us much more than high-tech voyeurism and insider gossip. From the birth of the transistor to the mid-life crisis of the computer industry, he spins a sweeping, uniquely American saga of creativity and ego that is at once uproarious, shocking and inspiring. "The title is an inspiration, and Cringely& 39;s whimsical, matter of fact style -- an attribute altogether missing in the urgent, go-go lifestyles of the people he writes about -- makes the book itself worth reading. It has a sense of perspective most books about the high-tech priesthood sorely lack." -- USA Today "A wonderfully readable, acerbic and funny tale of America& 39;s most important industry& 39;" -- Tom Peters "Cringely writes in a tone that& 39;s part Spy Magazine, Part Newsweek, and part The Wonder Years." -- Los Angeles Times

For eight years, Robert X. Cringely& 39;s "Notes from the Field" column appeared weekly in Info World. Currently he can be seen in the public television series Triumph of the Nerds, based on this book. A former Stanford professor and foreign correspondent, he lives in Palo Alto, California.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780887308550
  • ISBN-10: 0887308554
  • Publisher: HarperBusiness
  • Publish Date: September 1996
  • Page Count: 384
  • Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.32 x 0.93 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.74 pounds


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