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1. iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult
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2. Andy Grove: The Life and Times
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3. The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley
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4. Just a Geek
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5. Free as in Freedom: Richard Stallman's
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1. iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It
by W. W. Norton
Hardcover (25 September, 2006)
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5-0 out of 5 stars the nice guy finaly finishes first
I just read the book iWoz. If you are a Mac-head, or just a computer geek who is intrigued by the origins of the PC industry, thisbook is definately a must-read. It gives a great, human approach to the subject of Steve Wozniak, inventor, and the people in his life who helped draw him out and create the Apple I, the computer that really signified the true arrival of small, affordable computers for the masses. The prose is written in a very informal and relaxed style, as if Steve is sitting across from you and telling you his story himself. I found it very engaging. I am a very tough critic, but this is definately a book I will read again.

5-0 out of 5 stars Gives you a great sense of the Woz.
This is an excellent book about a truly interesting and innovative man. It provides real insight into his work, his style and his personality. I had the pleasure of seeing Steve on his speaking tour and I was really impressed by how the book captures his style, tone and spirit. Steve has a real childlike quality to him which shows through alternatively as playfulness, humor, goofiness and innocence.He also has a long history with promoting education and teaching.
3-0 out of 5 stars Great Promise but Poor Delivery
The real problem with the book is that it's packaged and sold as an adult book but it's actually a children's book. Stories are toned down for the child audience and at one point, even self-censored, as not being appropriate for a "family audience," as though Woz imagines the family drawn up around father's easy chair to listen to the evening reading. As if... The book ends, as all good children's books do, with the ending that he hoped his twelve-year-old audience will be as lucky as he was...sort of a go though and do likewise.
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2. Andy Grove: The Life and Times of an American
by Portfolio Hardcover
Hardcover (02 November, 2006)
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3. The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story
by Penguin (Non-Classics)
Paperback (08 January, 2001)
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Michael Lewis was supposed to be writing about how Jim Clark, the founder of Silicon Graphics and Netscape, was going to turn health care on its ear by launching Healtheon, which would bring the vast majority of the industry's transactions online. So why was he spending so much time on a computerized yacht, each feature installed because, as one technician put it, "someone saw it on Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Classic Michael Lewis on Silicon Valley
If you have read any of Michael Lewis's other books and found them enjoyable (either writing style or topic), you will find this a good read, worthy of your time.You will learn a little about the atmosphere of Silicon Valley during the height of the bubble / late 90s as well as about a very unique figure who helped (over exagerated, per Economist) start it all.

4-0 out of 5 stars How Silicon Valley Was Built and the Next Gen Entrepreneur!
A must read for any entrepreneur or intrapreneur(someone within a company who must innovate). Lewis opens with stories about Jim Clark -- reknown Silicon Valley entrepreneur and innovatorand his boat that 'built Netscape"...the book talks about Netscape which Lewis says launched the Information age (it may or may not have but it certainly ushered in the IPO era and online businesses. Interesting what has since happened to Silicon Graphics and Healtheon that was supposed to turn the health care industry 'on it's head'. The inside cover talks about --- what else-- Paradigm shift in American culture-- from conventional business models (the old economy) to the new economy. Yet in retrospect we know that a mix of the best of both is really probably the way to go. The titles of the chapter are more clever than the chapters themselves. I personally would have liked to see more about different innovators not just Clarke but then I didn't write the book. The chapter titles include "Pasts in a Box" Disorganization Man, Home of the Future God Mode -- How Chickents Become Pork, Cheese Sandwiches for Breakfast, Chasing Ghosts, The Turning Point and The New New Thing....

5-0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating Insight into Silicon Valley
The July 1999 issue of Forbes magazine makes the astonishing observation that there are now 465 people who have a billion or more dollars. Incredibly, as this book notes, there are an estimated 180,000 Americans who are deca-millionaires (over ten million dollars in assets). An inventor or entrepreneur, upon reading these statistics, may note that not only has a great amount of wealth been created, but that it is not in the hands of just a handful of people.
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4. Just a Geek
by O'Reilly Media
Hardcover (June, 2004)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good stories, not enough details...
Wil is all over the map in this book, but understandably so since it's mostly expanded versions of posts from his blog and his commentary on making them. It's good material, however it doesn't go into deep enough detail in many of the stories, leaving you thinking "That's good, but is that really it?" The material could use more spicing up, or at least some deeper thoughts on the subject. He could have made the book twice as long and used smaller print without it seeming like too much, really. A for effort, B- for execution. Still, very much worth reading.

5-0 out of 5 stars He's more than a geek...
Most of us know Wil Wheaton as the writer kid from Stand By Me or Wesley Crusher from the early seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation. After he left TNG to pursue a film career, Wheaton seemed to fall off the map, but now he's back, with a successful weblog and a career as a writer.
5-0 out of 5 stars Funny and inspiring
I was late to Wil's blog, but once I found it I really enjoyed it. As an outgrowth of that interest, I bought this book. I loved it and ended up reading it in about 2 days. Simply put, it gave me a lot to think about. Sure, I laughed - Wil has what appears to me to be a natural gift for story-telling - but more than the laughs , it made me think about what defines success. I hope he writes more. I know I am going to buy more of his work. And note to "Hollywood" ... you are missing out on this guy and it's your loss (and our's).
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5. Free as in Freedom: Richard Stallman's Crusade for Free Software
by O'Reilly Media
Hardcover (15 March, 2002)
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3-0 out of 5 stars You'll learn a lot about RMS, but at the same time be tired by the simple level.
FREE AS IN FREEDOM is Sam Williams' biography of legendary software developer and political thinker Richard Stallman. Founder of the GNU project, Stallman is little-known outside of a relatively small world of computing cognoscenti, but without him Linux and many other modern computing innovations would hardly be possible. In an interesting twist, the publisher O'Reilly has released this book under the GNU Free Documentation License, meaning that the book may be freely copied and sold.
5-0 out of 5 stars Very Good Book
I find Stallman and Linus a very interesting comparison, especially their motivations. Williams has done a good job of providing the reader insight into a leading thinker in our time. As with most leaders there are those who think he is a genius, those who think he is a fool and those who think he is evil. The choice is of course dependent upon how closely the leader agrees with the observer.
5-0 out of 5 stars Carpe Diem! (or don't)
I found Free as in Freedom in the library, Deweyed on the
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6. Claude E. Shannon: Collected Papers
by Wiley-IEEE Press
Hardcover (05 January, 1993)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Absolute must have for academic-types.
The IEEE Information Society releases (IEEE Press) releases yet another priceless book which is both historical in nature; yet every bit as current as when Shannon first started published some of his more famous works in the 1940's.This book is unquestionably a "must have" reference book for either communication engineers or mathemeticians who have either a serious, or newly found interest in the topic of "information theory." Shannon's theorems of Channel Capacity and Channel5-0 out of 5 stars Claude Elwood Shannon
It's a great book if you need to know what's driving todays information technology w.r.t. bandwidth and how it can revolutionize the economy. ... Read more

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7. iCon Steve Jobs: The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business
by Wiley
Paperback (14 April, 2006)
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4-0 out of 5 stars A good insight
A quick and fascinating read about one of the greatest business minds of our time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I am not the biggest Steve Jobs fan on planet earth but I will say that as biographies go, Bill Simon is one of the best of the best. I read Art of Deception and Art of Intrusion and even Profit From Experience and I have had the privildge of knowing personally the personalites of which Mr. Simon writes and I'm happy to say that his books are so good that you'd not know that the individuals in his work didn't write these books themselves. Buy it if you haven't. It's a very interesting view into the psyche that is Steve Jobs. I enjoyed it a lot.

1-0 out of 5 stars Basically, its a big, anti-jobs rant.Don't be conned.
I've been in the software industry for quite awhile, and I've watched as the personal computer industry evolved from one where there were dozens of machines being sold to consumers down to the two primary platforms of windows and macintosh.While there is no doubt that the macintosh is the minority platform, there is also no doubt that its continued survival has engendered an unexplained amount of hate from those who are not fans of the machine.
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8. Forbes Greatest Technology Stories: Inspiring Tales of the Entrepreneurs and Inventors Who Revolutionized Modern Business (Wiley Audio)
by Wiley
Hardcover (29 September, 1998)
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5-0 out of 5 stars History from newspapers
Buyers beware!!! This book is huge... Amazon should give its dimensions, but I am guessing more than a foot long and 3/4 foot wide.Great reading about history -- if you have strong arms and a sturdy table.

5-0 out of 5 stars a great motivator for any IT person out there
After buying the book I was a little scaptic about this book keeping me intrested but rather than being too technical and 'professional' the book is more like a drama with alot of winners and losers.It was a greatinspiring experience-reading stories like the ones about bill gates,stevejobs and his body 'woz'.The book floats along the evolution of the computerindustry,the IBM empire,the Microsoft phenomenen throght the stories of thepeople who made it and those who couldn't stay in the top.A must read forevery person who has some computer background who wants to know how it allstarted and also for the not-yet computer fan who just wants a good read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tales Well-Told
These really are "stories" rather than commentaries. A born storyteller, Young presents what he calls "inspiring tales of the entrepreneurs and inventors who revolutionized modern business." They include the "pioneersand pirates" who developed the prototype for the first commercial computersas well as Thomas J. Watson, Jr., William Shockley, Jack Kilby, JayForrester, Edwin De Castro, Douglas Engelbart, Bob Noyce, Andy Grove, &Gordon Moore, Edward Roberts, Steve Jobs & Steve Wozniak, Don Estridge,Lew Eggbrecht, Bill Gates & Paul Allen, Tom Carter, Bill McGowan, CraigMcCaw, Bob Taylor, Steve Case, and Marc Andreesen.Read more

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9. High Stakes, No Prisoners : A Winner's Tale of Greed and Glory in the Internet Wars
by Crown Business
Hardcover (13 October, 1999)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Very informative
OK, If I could I'd give it 4.5 stars or so -- there are flaws. But basically, the book has a lot of great info, especially for geeks who work in the software business. There are very few books on the business side of things.
4-0 out of 5 stars This guy has *issues*
Yes, Charles is brilliant, arrogant and is lightening-fast in seeing the failings of others and himself and is willing to take ownership of them (rectifying the situation and doing something about it is another story completely...). However, he also has a massive inferiority-complex when up against anyone with more brains, more money, more priviledge or more power than himself hence his complete disdain for anything Microsoft-related (never mind that it was the hand that fed him and he continues to bite it). He also fails to see that you can attract a lot more bees with honey instead of vinegar. It's not a coincidence that everyone from Vermeer, except Charles eventually landed a job at Microsoft, I suspect Gates was smart enough to see just how insanely jealous Charles must be of him. As for his acidic portrayal of many of the players in the book, I'm fairly sure Charles really reserves his most toxic rage and disdain for those persons who display A)either negative qualities he has and sees a lot of himself in and wished he did not have (i.e career opportunism, uppity-ness) or B)positive qualities he wished he had but is too nasty to ever take time out to acquire and attract (i.e Gates with his intelligence, power and wealth).
5-0 out of 5 stars Straight shooter who did it right
Charles Ferguson, an MIT PhD, was the founding CEO of Vermeer Technologies, a company that developed one of the first web design tools.Vermeer sold the company to Microsoft for a boatload of money and lived to tell the tale.It's a fasinating story of what its really like on the inside of a high-tech startup replete with politics, hard-ball negotiations and strange bedfellows.Ferguson may be arrogant, but he's smart and tells it like it is.Anyone thinking of building a startup should read this book. ... Read more

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10. The Watchman: The Twisted Life and Crimes of Serial Hacker Kevin Poulsen
by Little, Brown and Company
Hardcover (31 March, 1997)
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This is a first-rate detective story--and all true. It's the story of a seemingly invincible electronic thief, con man, and stalker--and the people who tracked him down. Jonathan Littman brings his readers straight into the world of cyberpunk crime as he shows the origins, development, and climax of the wildest and most audacious known crime spree in cyberspace. Hundreds of hours of interviews allow Littman to tell much of the story through the eyes of those who lived it, and his own edgy style and excellent pacing make for a thriller that's hard to put down. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars An absorbing story...
Jonathan Littman's The Watchman is well written and engaged me enough to read it in one sitting. I wanted for some time to learn more about Kevin Poulsen having heard about some of the exploits attributed to him. This story accomplishes that in a compelling way and manages to be pertinent years later. This is required reading for anyone wishing to know the darker side of the hacker sub-culture, about Kevin Poulsen, Ron Austin or Justin Petersen and some of their creative mischief and crimes.

5-0 out of 5 stars The ultimate hacker - a true crime story
If you like true crime stories, this one is for you. I wont try and debate the truth of the book, (it's a controversial subject)because I dont know the truth. But I know this is a good story, even if there are a few fabrications here and there.
5-0 out of 5 stars An inside look at hacker culture
I had no idea who Kevin Poulson was when I picked up this book.All I knew was that I wanted to read a book which dealt with computer hackers and this book had been recommended to me by a friend of mine.Suffice to say I was not disappointed.Read more

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11. Hard Drive: Bill Gates and the Making of the Microsoft Empire
by Collins
Paperback (26 May, 1993)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Still a Good Read
Should I Buy This Book?
5-0 out of 5 stars Still relevant and thrilling in 2005
Although this book was written at a time when the authors found it necessary to explain what 'electronic mail, or e-mail' was, the insight into Bill Gates' life, methods and extraordinary success is timeless.It is hard to imagine much in this book is out of date, other than the estimate of Gates' wealth at the time ($4b).This is a well-written book and a fast read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good book
This is a good book about Bill Gates. I would highly recommand you buy this book. If you are interested in studying about people and what makes them tick, you would really like this book. Although it is outdated, the way it describe Bill Gates back then and today would not make that much different in how he does business. The different now is that Bill Gates has the K.B.E title and being good by helping third world country and other good deeds. ... Read more

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12. Gates: How Microsoft's Mogul Reinvented an Industry and Made Himself the Richest Man in America
by Touchstone
Paperback (06 June, 2003)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Detailed History in the Making of a Monoply...
I won't get wordy here but I read this book twice and enjoyed it both times. It goes into the life of Bill Gates; his thought process, his work ethics, his childhood and how Microsoft established it's dominance. It's a good read even though it's over 500 pages. I highly recommend this book along with the book "Hard Drive: Bill Gates and the Making of the Microsoft Empire". This is the way it really happened. Not the way the movie "Pirates of SV" incorrectly portrayed it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great history of PC computing
I bought this book expecting to skim through it to find out a little more about what Bill Gates was like. But it's a wonderfully readable history of the growth of PC's, from the early days when the best a school kid (Bill himself) could do was to try to get access to a teletype time-share system, on through the first home "computers" that amounted to little more than a bunch of switches and LEDs (no keyboard or monitor), to IBM coming out with the PC and Microsoft's amazing good fortune at supplying the OS (great story! Bill just cared about programming languages, mostly BASIC, and saw the DOS manuever mostly just as a way to ensure that BASIC would run on the new IBM machine!), on thru the OS/2 vs. Windows battles.4-0 out of 5 stars An interesting account of Bill and the evolution of the PC
This very readable book provides a candid overview of the rise of Bill Gates and Microsoft.I found it interesting and insightful.Like much of the material about "billg", I find it a little sycophantic -- but it is not over the top.Key success ingredients: early signs of selfishness, million dollar trust-fund from his grandfather (which no doubt provided safety and leverage at the start), an early passion for an incredibly important technology at the critical period and a shrewd, single-mindedness.I suspect Bill is not a particularly compassionate, polite, happy or fair person -- however I bet he is really efficient! ... Read more

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13. The Supermen: The Story of Seymour Cray and the Technical Wizards Behind the Supercomputer
by Wiley
Hardcover (January, 1997)
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The story of supercomputing is only partially about technology. More than anything, it's about the gifted, brilliant, and often eccentric individuals who knew how to use that technology in new ways to do amazing things. Perhaps the most amazing of the bunch was Seymour Cray, the bureaucracy-intolerant genius with the barnstorming mind whose name has become synonymous with supercomputers. Charles Murray gives us an insightful and often thrilling and sometimes amusing look into how Cray and his genius companions took computers to new heights and humbled companies like Control Data and IBM. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars machines for an irrelevant niche
You can of course read this book as a biography of Seymour Cray. But while it describes his genius, it also shows the severely constricted niche in which his company operated. The sheer cost of each supercomputer meant that the client base was restricted to the largest companies and governments. A large part of that cost was due to the custom chips and systems of chips. There never was an economy of scale with Cray's machines.
5-0 out of 5 stars The Supermen -- details make this book
This was an excellent bnook for any one interested in the evolution of super computers.Perhaps even for those with no background in the industry.This is not only a story of techological change, but of a maverick as well.Small versus conglomerate.From the beginning, one reads how a small group of engineers can make somethjing extraoridinary.The book does not diminish the importance of money in the ultimate outcome.
5-0 out of 5 stars just wonderful!
This is just one of the best books I have ever read! The historic point of view is awesome!Read more

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14. DEC Is Dead, Long Live DEC: The Lasting Legacy of Digital Equipment Corporation
by Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Hardcover (June, 2003)
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4-0 out of 5 stars a sad tale of what might have beens
One of the first computers I worked on was a Dec-10. I also used one of the PDPs. Then I later was sysadmin and wrote Fortran code for a Vax 785. So I was rather nostalgaic over DEC's demise. This would have seemed inconceivable in the mid 80s, when DEC was at its height, and second only to IBM. But Schein's analysis points out that the seeds of DEC's fall were already flourishing at its apex.
5-0 out of 5 stars iconic business story -- useful to all
this is one of the best business books i have read. it is super-relevant for anyone in high tech but is also recommended for any business person.
4-0 out of 5 stars Needed to be written, needs to be read
I recommend this book to anyone who is familiar with DEC or wishes to understand its enduring legacies. It is also a useful case study on who a company that was doing so well could ultimately fail; are Microsoft and IBM really immune from this fate?
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15. The Man-eating Leopard of Rudraprayag (Oxford India Paperbacks)
by Oxford University Press, USA
Paperback (01 March, 1989)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
If you like adventure literature, you should find this piece really wonderful. I read it while I was alone at home for a week and I started to "feel" leopards all aronud the house at night. Very well writen, hard to stop reading.

5-0 out of 5 stars Adventures dont get better than this.
Corbett is a natural writer and combines his knowledge of the jungle with uncanny hunting skills to give us one of the best Indian adventures ever written. Reading his books is not just following a maneater with a gun but a journey into the days of theBritish Raj where you will be transported into the remote jungles of Northern India, read about the simple people and their unsophisticated lifestyle. There are no villians, no suspicious characters lurking around and nobody to provide humour. You just have some village folk trying to eke out a living which is sometimes interrupted by a feline with a taste for humans.
5-0 out of 5 stars Corbett Classic
Another excellent book from the corbett library. Its true that fact can be stranger than fiction. And no where is it more evident than in the story of the maneater of rudraprayag. Read more

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16. The Maverick and His Machine: Thomas Watson, Sr. and the Making of IBM
by Wiley
Hardcover (04 April, 2003)
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4-0 out of 5 stars A critique of Watson senior by Kevin Maney
This book is generally pretty good, as evidenced by my 4 stars I quite enjoyed it. There is a lot of insight into what the biographer believes Tom Watson was, and I put it that way because there is a lot of interpolation by the author on what the goings on were around the company. It's an enjoyable read, but very repetitive and you can tell by the writing that it is written by someone not accustomed to writing books (the writer is a journalist). It lapses in and out of formal and informal narrative, repeats itself constantly, the author has a particular fondness for describing Watson's diatribes as "cuttingly" (which is a word?).
5-0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended!
This book seems to have been written primarily because the author learned about the existence of boxes of Thomas Watson's papers that had never been read by any biographer or journalist. In some cases, the author's access to these new materials does help fill in some minor gaps in the existing accounts of Watson's life. And cumulatively, they take some of the shine off the legend, impressing upon one how humdrum the daily life of even a business titan must be. This book is reasonably well written and packed with memorable anecdotes. While it doesn't offer stunning new insights, we commend it as a readable, accessible and balanced introduction to one of the greatest executives of the twentieth century.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Story of a Leader
All great stories have a good guy and a bad guy.In this story, it's the same guy.Thomas Watson, Sr., by sheer force of personality, created IBM.Read more

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17. John Chambers and the Cisco Way: Navigating Through Volatility
by Wiley
Hardcover (22 February, 2002)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly readable
I was given this book as a present. I warmly thanked the giver for her thoughtfullness, but secretly, I dreaded reading the book. These unauthorized bios are generally either full of senseless/salacious details, or they're dry as an annual report. Most of them are suitable as torture devices. Why do I bother you ask? Knowledge is power, and I invest in stocks.5-0 out of 5 stars How the Computer Industry Was Born
This book is interesting, packed with facinating facts and I love the way it explains in "real people" language just how the whole computer industry got started.It also offers insight into the character and effective management practices of John Chambers, without being a flattery piece. The book communicates the fast-paced life in Silicon Valley and extends beyond the Cisco experience to in-depth explanations of how the computer industry giants grow, compete and sometimes die.A wealth of knowledge with an insightful look at a manager who has worthwhile practices to share with any of today's managers. ... Read more

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18. The Computer-My Life
by Springer
Hardcover (August, 1993)
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Personal computers didn't appear until the 1970s, but as early as 1941, the first automated,program-controlled, and freely programmable computer was up and running. Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the few imporant biographies of the 20th century.
This book and its author are just amazing. Konrad Zuse is definitly a unique character and so is his story of the invention of the FIRST computer during World War II in Berlin.

5-0 out of 5 stars Read it!
An excellent source of information for those who mistakenly thought that ENIAC was the first general purpose computer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Critical for an understanding of the hist. of computers
Zuse explains how and why he build the world's first computer.Easy to understand, but not belittling.This book is essential for anyone interested in the history of CS. ... Read more

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19. Collected Works of A.M. Turing : Morphogenesis (Collected Works of a.M. Turing)
by Elsevier
Hardcover (26 November, 1992)
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20. Dancing Barefoot
by O'Reilly Media
Paperback (01 January, 2004)
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4-0 out of 5 stars entertaining, thoughtful, and quite inspiring
Dancing Barefoot is one of those books that as your reading, you take a step back and say, "oh my god I totally understand this! This was me."
5-0 out of 5 stars MUST READ
Whether you are a Star Trek Fan or not, this book is worth reading.As Wil tells his stories, you feel each and every emotion.After you finish the book, you a yearning for more, so go and pick up "Just a Geek".Enjoy it- I sure did!

4-0 out of 5 stars really short
The book is much shorter than I expected.I really enjoyed the stories though. ... Read more

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