On the edge: the spectacular rise and fall of Commodore

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Variant Press, Sep 1, 2006 - Business & Economics - 561 pages
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Filled with first-hand accounts of ambition, greed, and inspired engineering, this history of the personal computer revolution takes readers inside the cutthroat world of Commodore. Before Apple, IBM, or Dell, Commodore was the first computer maker to market its machines to the public, selling an estimated 22 million Commodore 64s. These halcyon days were tumultuous, however, owing to the expectations and unsparing tactics of founder Jack Tramiel. Engineers and managers with the company between 1976 and 1994 share their experiences of the groundbreaking moments, soaring business highs, and stunning employee turnover that came along with being on top of the PC world in the early days.

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Review: On the Edge: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Commodore

User Review  - Marko - Goodreads

A brilliant book that pretty much makes other books about Commodore redundant. This book is so comprehensive that it's hard to think of what might be missing. This is a book about a very peculiar ... Read full review

Review: On the Edge: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Commodore

User Review  - Stephany - Goodreads

About to re-read this and realized I'd never rated it. Will edit this later but, as a very fortunate child whose DoD-employed grandfather introduced her to the Commodore 64 (hence setting me on the ... Read full review


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Brian Bagnall is the author of Core Lego Mindstorms Programming and Maximum Lego NXT. He is a Sun-certified Java programmer who has worked for IBM and AT&T, and a frequent contributor to Old-Computers.com, an online museum dedicated to preserving computer history. He lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.