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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.
I read this while getting my Masters in Computer Science, decades ago, and found it very current and helpful. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Man in the Middle
Excellent book detailing the development of a newer, better computer,and the people involved. Kidder always manages to get deeply into the minds and hearts of the people he writes... Read morePublished 23 days ago by rick dale
Being a kid from early 80's who grew up with Commodore 64, this story about how a group of computer enthusiasts is like a flash back to the days when you learned assembler, opened... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dimitrios Doukas
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 1 month 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 1 month 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 2 months ago by S. Kosloske
Amazing insight into the environment of R&D during the development of a new computer system.Published 3 months 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 3 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 5 months ago by Phyllis