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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  - Alpo - Goodreads

When the focus is not on Steve Jobs alone and the business side of things, the history of the Mac shows a more human face and one that can feel more familiar to those that have been involved in the early days of a startup. Read full review

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

User Review  - Rakesh Nadig - Goodreads

The best thing about this book is, it tells the Apple and Macintosh story without the spotlight on Steve Jobs. Some stories are interesting and funny & depicts the culture of Apple and members of the ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Clayton Perdue - Goodreads

It is a greatly fascinating and entertaining collection of anecdotes from the progenitors of the modern graphical user interface (Xerox notwithstanding). Very highly recommended for anyone, even if the jargon gets a little thick some times. Read full review

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

User Review  - FRANCISCO - Goodreads

some time ive oportuniti red this bock, i loved y want to sendme a copy for.... please Read full review

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

User Review  - Scott Holstad - Goodreads

I loved this book! It was a great history of how the Mac came to be, and since I'm a Mac fan, I'm interested. Everyone knows the Mac was Steve Jobs' baby, and true technical people had to develop it ... 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  - Roberto - Goodreads

Interesting stories on the Apple team that created the Macintosh. Fun read that gives you a glimpse on what working with passion to deliver a quality product was like. Read full review

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  - Gregg Koskela - Goodreads

I love Apple. When I found folklore.org, I loved the stories of the early days of creating the mac written by the ones who did it. I got excited when it came out in a book, looking forward to more ... Read full review


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