By Robert X. Cringely
Laptop production is--after autos, strength construction and unlawful drugs--the biggest on this planet, and it is one of many final nice good fortune tales in American enterprise. unintentional Empires is the trenchant, enormously readable historical past of that undefined, focusing as a lot at the astoundingly ordinary personalities at its core--Steve Jobs, invoice Gates, Mitch Kapor, and so forth. and the hacker tradition they spawned because it does at the striking expertise they created. Cringely finds the manias and foibles of those males (they are continuously males) with deadpan hilarity and cogently demonstrates how their neuroses have formed the pc company. yet Cringely offers us even more than high-tech voyeurism and insider gossip. From the beginning of the transistor to the mid-life challenge of the pc undefined, he spins a sweeping, uniquely American saga of creativity and ego that's right now uproarious, surprising and encouraging.
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Accidental Empires: How the Boys of Silicon Valley Make Their Millions, Battle Foreign Competition, and Still Can't Get a Date by Robert X. Cringely