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Flawed but fascinating.
on October 3, 2014
The editing and writing style is horrid. It's like they didn't even run the thing through a spell checker, much less tightened up the grammar and punctuation. The structure and narrative style are also wildly inconsistent. The author waxes and wanes between being all too chummy with his reader and being obviously disinterested. And then there's the ordering. This book jumps back and forth in time more often than Dr. Who. For example, just when you think you're getting ready to finally move into the 80's, you get this whole chapter about Atari side projects that should have been an appendix at best. Occasionally you'll get a mini-bio on somebody that played a major role in some project in the early days but was scarcely mentioned in the actual section about that project.
All that said, it's the facts that carry this book, not the writing style. It is VERY thorough and fascinating in that regard alone. I would have appreciated more interviews with the major players, but the research shown here is quite admirable. Worth the read if you're a technology history fan.