It's hard to think of a company that has captured the public imagination as much as Apple Computer. The rise and fall of the business that single-handedly created the PC market and then let it slip away has been the fodder for several books, most notably Insanely Great
by Steven Levy and more recently Jim Carlton's Apple: The Inside Story of Intrigue, Egomania, and Business Blunders
. Now in On The Firing Line
, former Apple CEO Gil Amelio tells his own story about his 500 days at Apple.
The book provides some insight into the significant events that occurred under Amelio's watch, such as Apple's failed in-house development of Copland, the search to license an operating system for the Macintosh, as well as details about those who would buy Apple including Sun Microsystems and Oracle. But the real focus of the book is Amelio's own frustrations in working with Apple's chaotic and undisciplined culture as well as Steve Jobs, the man who would eventually fire him. Although Amelio's account is at times overly self-serving, On the Firing Line is an interesting read that should interest most Macaholics.
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"A worthy addition to the growing body of history about the world'smost famous personal computing company." -- PC Week
"A fast-paced, heartfelt look at life as a Silicon Valley chieftain...Compelling." -- Peter Burrows, Business Week