The Soul of A New Machine by Tracy Kidder

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Computers have changed since 1981, when Tracy Kidder memorably recorded the drama, comedy, and excitement of one companys efforts to bring a new microcomputer to market. What has not changed is the feverish pace of the high-tech industry, the go-for-broke approach to business that has caused so many computer companies to win big (or go belly up), and the cult of pursuing mind-bending technological innovations. The Soul of a New Machine is an essential chapter in the history of the machine that revolutionized the world in the twentieth century.
 

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TRACY KIDDER graduated from Harvard University and studied at the University of Iowa. He has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Award, and many other literary prizes. The author of My Detachment, Mountains Beyond Mountains, Home Town, Old Friends, Among Schoolchildren, House, and The Soul of a New Machine, Kidder lives in Massachusetts and Maine. MICHAEL FRENCH has published twenty books, including fiction for adults and young adults, biographies, and art criticism. He has adapted many acclaimed adult works for young people. Michael French divides his time between Santa Barbara, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
 
Published August 23, 2011 by Back Bay Books. 297 pages
Genres: History, Computers & Technology, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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The design and building of a new, state-of-the-art, 32-bit minicomputer hardly seems the stuff of a gripping book—unless you've read the likes of, say, John McPhee.

Aug 26 1981 | Read Full Review of The Soul of A New Machine

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However, to prove themselves right, Pfaus and Wolf would need to show not that I’m wrong about any particulars — but that Wolf and Pfaus are right in saying the science unambiguously supports their simplified, narrowly focused view.

Sep 19 2012 | Read Full Review of The Soul of A New Machine

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