Pride Before the Fall: The Trials of Bill Gates and the End of the Microsoft Era
In Pride Before the Fall, John Heilemann provides the definitive account of the one of most important business stories of our time: the U.S. government's landmark antitrust suit against Bill Gates and Microsoft. In riveting style, Heilemann -- described by Barron's as the Boswell of Silicon Valley -- uncovers the truth behind the headlines, revealing the hidden roles of some of the Valley's most powerful figures in shattering Microsoft's aura of invincibility and the climate of fear that held an industry in thrall. Heilemann's groundbreaking, critically acclaimed book is based on unrivalled access to Gates and his second-in-command, Steve Ballmer; to the Justice Department trustbuster Joel Klein and his hired-gun litigator, David Boies; and to Intel chair Andy Grove, Sun CEO Scott McNealy, and countless lesser-known but pivotal players.Filled with dramatic scenes and startling revelations, Pride Before the Fall details how the high-tech kingpins whose companies Gates tried to destroy or strongarm worked in secret to help the government bring his company down. It explores the culture that Gates wrought in Redmond and how his own miscalculations led to his humbling. And it explores the lasting damage that the entire ordeal inflicted on the first great empire of the information age.
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