Accidental Empires: How the Boys of Silicon Valley Make Their Millions, Battle Foreign Competition, and Still Cant't Get a Date

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HarperBusiness, 1993 - Computer industry - 336 pages
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An anecdotal history of the computer industry, this book focuses on odd personalities - Steve Jobes, Steve Wozniak, Mitch Kapor and Bill Gates - as well as on the hacker culture they spawned. The manias and foibles of these men are revealed, and their neuroses have shaped the computer business.

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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

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A savvy observer's witty, wide-ranging audit of the personal- computer industry's ragtag roots, disorderly (albeit dramatic) growth, and competitive future. While InfoWorld columnist Cringely focuses ... Read full review

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User Review  - Helm - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

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For eight years, Robert X. Cringely'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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