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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.
This first edition (before the Pulitzer!) is in great condition and has made a wonderful gift for a tech-savvy friend.Published 18 days 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 1 month ago by Chris from Tucson
Kidder got too involved in explaining the technology. Some parts were very dense and made one lose interest, but overall he focused on the people who drove the innovations which... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rachel Ethier
This book is great! Not terribly lengthy and covers some interesting technical topics in the form of an interesting story. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rogue
One of the author's best if not first book with an insider's view from within a team or effort covering the day-to-day grind and challenges of building Data General's first 32 bit... Read morePublished 2 months ago by R. Marino
This is an excellent read, especially for those like me who got into the computer industry in the late 70's and early 80's. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael T DiMarco
Must read for those of us that lived through the era of the personal computer development. Plenty of technical details if you are an engineer, not too many details if you not wired... Read morePublished 3 months ago by L Kangas