Bad Boy Ballmer by Fredric Alan Maxwell
The Man Who Rules Microsoft

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Steve Ballmer has been with Bill Gates from the beginning when the bespectacled computer geek convinced him to drop out of Stanford Business School. The grandson of a Russian Czarist soldier and the son of a Swiss immigrant father, Ballmer is the Microsoft wizard's main man - the only American to become, by 40, a decabillionaire while working for someone else. He is a man known for his ruthless negotiating tactics and a management style that has earned him the nickname "The Em-Balmer". In this revealing biography - based on in-depth study and interviews with Microsoft insiders - Fredric Alan Maxwell provides fascinating new insights into the longstanding "marriage" between this odd couple of Ballmer and Gates. Maxwell also tells the full story of a man so shamelessly arrogant that he told reporters "to heck with Janet Reno", so intense and aggressive that he ripped his vocal cords by talking too loudly. Eye opening and thorough, BAD BOY BALLMER is a shocking look at one of the masterminds of the technological age.

About Fredric Alan Maxwell

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Fredric Alan Maxwell is a New Yorker-profiled researcher and writer whose work has appeared in "Newsweek, Harper?s, The New Yorker, " and "The New York Times Magazine." He can be reached at
Published September 17, 2002 by William Morrow. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, Computers & Technology, Education & Reference, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Microsoft founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen may be the most well-known rulers of the huge computer empire, but this latest offering attempts to show that the company's current CEO, the colorfu

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