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These days, we are used to the "total commitment" philosophy of managing technical creation, but Kidder was surprised and even a little alarmed at the obsessions and compulsions he found. From in-house political struggles to workers being permitted to tease management to marathon 24-hour work sessions, The Soul of a New Machine explores concepts that already seem familiar, even old-hat, less than 20 years later. Kidder plainly admires his subjects; while he admits to hopeless confusion about their work, he finds their dedication heroic. The reader wonders, though, what will become of it all, now and in the future. --Rob Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I highly recomend this book for anyone, especially anyone interested in technology/computers.
How and why they were able to complete this project coupled with what happened to the people afterwards was the one thing I carried away from the book.
I read this book many years ago and was one of the first books I re-bought when I got my Kindle.
Some scary similarities with the present for those of us in product development. A great flow that drags you into the project such that you want to keep reading to get it... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Wayne Cheetham
Being in the computer industry at the time, I found the book interesting. But it frequently rambled on about uninteresting trivia.Published 6 days ago by R. Murray
Great story, and well written. If the subject of how early computers were designed, I'd say this is the book to read. Read morePublished 28 days ago by S. Kosloske
Amazing insight into the environment of R&D during the development of a new computer system.Published 1 month ago by Gerald L. Collatz
Not great, but a good book worth considering. I found myself skipping pages at times when I got bored with the details but the story itself is very interesting.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This first edition (before the Pulitzer!) is in great condition and has made a wonderful gift for a tech-savvy friend.Published 3 months ago by Phyllis
Great story that gives a layman point of view on engineering a functional 32 bit computer in the turbulent computer industry of the late 70s. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Chris from Tucson