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Macintosh computer is the most iconic computer of all time, and probably one of the most significant consumer electronics products ever. The successors of the original Macintosh have remained aspirational products ever since, and Mac fans are oftentimes known for their cult-like admiration for their computers. One name that immediately comes to mind when Mac is mentioned is that of Steve Jobs, Apple cofounder and a mercurial and controversial visionary that has shaped Apple products for the most of company's history. However, Jobs is a strange bird - a head of a technology company without any concrete technological skills. The bulk of the work on the original Apple computer was done by the other company cofounder (Steve Wozniak) and the team that actually built Mac was composed of largely unknown engineers and technicians who worked on the computer over many years with the utmost passion and dedication. This book is a tribute to that creative and dedicated team. It is written in a form of many anecdotes of crucial events and developments in the process of creating the first Mac. Most of the stories are told from the point of view of Andy Hertzfeld, but there are numerous contributions by other team members as well. The book is filled with images of old hand-written designing notes, pictures of the team members, various Polaroid screen-shots of the development of Mac's GUI, and many, many more moments that elicit a form of nostalgia for those early days of the computer industry. The whole book is in fact a tribute to those more innocent days when idealism was a much more potent motivator than money and stock options. It also paints a picture of Silicon Valley when it was possible for young fresh-out-of-college engineers to find meaningful work and live in places like Palo Alto. Whether you are a Mac fan or someone with a curiosity about the first-hand accounts of the early personal computer industry, you will find a lot in this book to keep you interested. It's a homage to the real nerd inside of all of us. 

Review: Revolution in The Valley: The Insanely Great Story of How the Mac Was Made

User Review  - Ken - Goodreads

This anecdotal account of the Macintosh team and how the Mac was created is, I think, the best book I've read about Apple Computer. Much of Walter Isaacson's book "Steve Jobs" was taken from these ... Read full review

Review: Revolution in The Valley: The Insanely Great Story of How the Mac Was Made

User Review  - Carl Wescott - Goodreads

Must-read personal anecdotes and history of Apple and the Mac. Read full review

Review: Revolution in The Valley: The Insanely Great Story of How the Mac Was Made

User Review  - Tim Telcik - Goodreads

Loved this book. It was a most unusual and amazing memoir presented as a group of anecdotes during the development and rollout of the Apple Macintosh computer ... from the inside out. Given the recent ... Read full review

Review: Revolution in The Valley: The Insanely Great Story of How the Mac Was Made

User Review  - Peter - Goodreads

(reviewed years after I read it) Probably read this in 2008 plus-or-minus. Great history. Read full review

Review: Revolution in The Valley: The Insanely Great Story of How the Mac Was Made

User Review  - Steve - Goodreads

A collection of anecdotes that perfectly capture what it was like to be a developer in Silicon Valley during the wilds times of the early 1980s. Read full review

Review: Revolution in The Valley: The Insanely Great Story of How the Mac Was Made

User Review  - Derek - Goodreads

If you want to know the story of how the Macintosh (and subsequently every computing device you've used in the last 30 years) came to be. Read this book! Read full review

Review: Revolution in The Valley: The Insanely Great Story of How the Mac Was Made

User Review  - Matt - Goodreads

A collection of short stories told by the people who were actually present during the making of history. One of my favorite types of books! Very well curated by Andy Hertzfeld and meticulously compiled into a great telling of the creation of one of the greatest products of the 20th century. Read full review

Review: Revolution in The Valley: The Insanely Great Story of How the Mac Was Made

User Review  - Ryan Parman - Goodreads

A series of short stories about the original Macintosh team in the early 1980's. Most of the stories are recalled by Andy Hertzfeld, an engineer on the Macintosh team. A few of the stories are re-told ... Read full review

Review: Revolution in The Valley: The Insanely Great Story of How the Mac Was Made

User Review  - Richard Baker - Goodreads

A brilliant collection of firsthand anecdotes about the creation of the Macintosh. Read full review


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