Accidental Empires

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HarperCollins, Sep 13, 1996 - Business & Economics - 384 pages
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Computer manufacturing is--after cars, energy production and illegal drugs--the largest industry in the world, and it's one of the last great success stories in American business. Accidental Empires is the trenchant, vastly readable history of that industry, focusing as much on the astoundingly odd personalities at its core--Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mitch Kapor, etc. and the hacker culture they spawned as it does on the remarkable technology they created. Cringely reveals the manias and foibles of these men (they are always men) with deadpan hilarity and cogently demonstrates how their neuroses have shaped the computer business. But Cringely gives us much more than high-tech voyeurism and insider gossip. From the birth of the transistor to the mid-life crisis of the computer industry, he spins a sweeping, uniquely American saga of creativity and ego that is at once uproarious, shocking and inspiring.

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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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