According to this "independent" biography, the computer whiz kid, Harvard dropout, youngest self-made billionaire ever William Henry "Bill" Gates III (b. 1955) has dominated the immense, dramatic story of America's electronic revolution. Manes, a former columnist for PC/computing magazine, and Seattle Times high-tech reporter Andrews combine authoritative discussions of technology with a clear and entertaining prose style. They explain how Gates and his partner commercialized computer software back in 1975; today, as cofounder and chairman of the Seattle-based Microsoft Corp., Gates supplies a multibillion-dollar world market with the leading software programs. Most interesting is the glimpse of the turbulent 20-year history of the computer industry--geometrically expanding invention; products that prove incompatible or instantly obsolete; controversy; deception; promotional hype; all-or-nothing gambles; and cooperation, competition and high-stakes litigation. Photos not seen by PW.
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Because the life of Bill Gates is indistinguishable from the history of the Microsoft Corporation he created in 1975, this is as much an industrial history as a biography of a "smart guy" whose work impacts everyone who works with a microcomputer. Writer/programmer Manes and Andrews, a columnist for the Seattle Times , provide refreshing disclosures on the source of their information and reveal the close cooperation of both Gates and other corporate insiders. Rich with detail, this book is thorough and not always laudatory of Gates. Much has been written on Gates, and most libraries owning James Wallace and Jim Erickson's Hard Drive ( LJ 6/1/92) will find that to be sufficient. Business libraries should acquire both titles.
- Joseph Barth, U.S. Military Acad. Lib., West Point, N.Y.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I read this book twice through - something I rarely do - only because I lived through, as an IT professional, the time period covered. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Renfrew Fan
A prodigious biography, but caution, its front-loaded with nerdiness. Stephen Manes has what many consider the best biography of Bill Gates. Mr. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Peter M. Herford
Interesting read. Would give it 5 stars, but I feel it gets a little dense with the technical stuff. I understand it well enough, it just seems a bit much at times. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
It's a good read for someone who has read one sided story by Issacson on Jobs. I personally like Bill Gates more than Steve Jobs. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Nitin
This book starts off on the right note when MS was a smaller company. But fails to be coherent with the Windows story, jumping from one unrelated anecdote to another, as well as... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Erhan Atesoglu
Very deeply researched and detailed book on Bill Gates and the formative years of Microsoft and the PC industry. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Richard Title
The book is informative and enjoyable. Bill Gates is definitely the more interesting business figure, compared to Steve Jobs, but this book is not as readable as the recent... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer