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Accidental empires : how the boys of Silicon Valley make their millions,… (1992)

by Robert X. Cringely

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This was enormously entertaining when I read it after it was first published. No doubt it will feel dated now, but perhaps it might be worth a re-read. ( )
  datrappert | Apr 28, 2013 |
This book was the basis for "Triumph of the Nerds", the popular PBS series. It is the definitive history of the personal computer era from the mid 1970's to 1995. I showed this video series to every beginning computer science class section. The book is very entertaining and informative. Anyone interested in technology, business, and the clash of egos will enjoy this work. ( )
  Helm | Jun 10, 2009 |
OMG I can't believe no other members have this! If you want a humorous look at out how (personal) computers were spawned into the multi-million industry they are today this is the book for you.
  lmbowler | Jan 2, 2009 |
Describes the rise of Silicon Valley. Having done some work in that area, I found it all too true. The book is a bit dated now, but still amusing. ( )
  oregonobsessionz | Jul 5, 2007 |
This book tells the stories of how the great PC software companies got started - Apple, Microsoft, Lotus, and other. Several of Cringley's archetypes have resonated with me, in particular: "hippies and nerds" (it takes both to build a great product), and "de facto standard" (why the 'best' engineered product is unlikely to win) ( )
  roddh | Mar 19, 2007 |
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For Pammy, who knows we need the money.
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Years ago, when you were a kid and I was a kid, something changed in America.
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Robert X. Cringely manages to capture the contradictions and everyday insanity of computer industry empire building, while at the same time chipping away sardonically at the PR campaigns that have built up some very common businesspeople into the household gods of geekdom. Despite some chuckles at the expense of all things nerdy, white, and male in the computer industry, Cringely somehow manages to balance the humor with a genuine appreciation of both the technical and strategic accomplishments of these industry luminaries. Whether you're a hard-boiled Silicon Valley marketing exec fishing for an IPO or just a plain old reader with an interest in business history and anecdotal storytelling, there's something to enjoy here.

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