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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 the Hardcover edition.
One of the best books written. This must be at least my fourth copy. I keep telling people how good it is and loaning it out and it doesn't come back. Read morePublished 4 days ago by j l osborne
A classic. Insight (written by a non-technologist) into the workaholic nature of salaried technologists and Silicon Valley engineers (though the activity was far away from there... Read morePublished 9 days ago by D. Arnett
I worked at Data General in the years after this was written before the company went the way of all the super minicomputer companies. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Annette L.
Just purchased for my son. This book changed my life as a budding computer architect / information system engineer when I read it ca. 1984.Published 23 days ago by Todd Rockoff
I pretty much agree with Librum's 2 star review "Slow Year for the Pulitzer Committee"
I was in Data Processing in 1981 and can see how a story like this could have... Read more
Read this when it first came out, back when I was a programmer for 'CVS' in Sacramento.
Re-reading it has brought back fond memories & the thrill of being at the forefront of... Read more
Decent story. Timeline and arc are hard to follow at times. Definitely worth the read for anyome with an interest in that era of computing.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer