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Kaplan's book is a history of the Valley, from the time when Stanford professor Frederick Terman encouraged David Packard and Bill Hewlett to establish their own company to when Sequoia Capital invested $1 million in a startup founded by Jerry Yang and David Filo. In between are the many Valley legends, including Fairchild Semiconductor, Intel, Kleiner Perkins, Apple, Oracle, and Netscape--as well as some of its most notable failures and tragedies, such as William Shockley and Gary Kildall. While the book begins with the opulence of Woodside, California, it ends surprisingly enough in Portland, Maine, with Bob Metcalfe, founder of 3Com, who fled the Valley for something "fresher" and "more alive."
As he traces the short history of the area, Kaplan, a senior writer at Newsweek, detects a not-so-subtle change in its values. He writes, "Nobody appears to be having quite as good a time in Silicon Valley. Passions have become mere professions; impulsiveness is now compulsiveness.... The Valley once was a new machine. It changed the world. It may do so yet again. But the machine has no soul anymore." Here's a thoughtful and colorful read for anyone interested in one of the most dynamic places on the planet. --Harry C. Edwards
I love all things Silicon Valley, and this book does a great job of bringing it all to life. If you're not real familiar with the history, you'll learn from this but it's so much... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Avid reader
Good story but too much jealosy, Mr Kaplan seems to have a bit of a complex for the rich guys that provide most of his stories!!Published 19 months ago by jediwhite
Why I read Silicon Boys: And Their Valley of Dreams:
I'm always on the search for books that will help prepare me for release from the Atwater Federal Prison Camp in the... Read more
The Silicon Boys is a fantastic look into the history of the many successful (and some not so successful) companies that have come out of the Silicon Valley, but also a look into... Read morePublished on November 29, 2009 by Robert A. Varga
"The Silicon Boys: And Their Valley Of Dreams" by David A. Kaplan is amazing. It tells of so many amazing stories of how technology has advanced so far, and of the people and... Read morePublished on August 31, 2008 by Tristan S.
I believe this is the only book I have ever literally thrown across the room. Where to begin describing its offensiveness? Let's see.... Read morePublished on April 4, 2008 by Justin F. Gaynor
I thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end. For anyone interested in the culture of Silcion Valley it is a must read. Read morePublished on February 17, 2006 by David Kopec
"The Silicon Boys and Their Valley of Dreams" is a well written description of Silicon Valley at it's peak. It describes the culture of the valley during the nineties. Read morePublished on February 3, 2003 by Travis J Smith
This was one of the best Silly Valley stories I've read yet. Kaplan does a very good job offering a historical and chronological storyline that educates the reader while holding... Read morePublished on October 18, 2002 by "h20jock"