- File Size: 573 KB
- Print Length: 48 pages
- Publication Date: November 15, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A88KHYI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #350,337 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
John McAfee's Last Stand (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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I am not sure how this "breaking news" kindle book format will work on in the long run. I am willing to pay for great coverage of current events (which this books qualifies as), but it certainly has a short shelf life. If I bought this book after a major development occurred in the McAfee story, I would be disappointed.
Final thoughts: It is worth the money for a great story, but it has the feel of something rushed to press in order to scoop other writers.
Columnist and author Joshua Davis has written a short but fascinating Kindle Single with John McAfee's Last Stand, and he chronicles the software pioneer's life and adventures going back to when McAfee was the director of engineering at Omex in Santa Clara, California, at the age of 38. It turns out that McAfee was supplementing his income by selling cocaine to his co-workers while snorting it himself, and when he got too stoned to focus, he would offset it with Quaaludes.
This tale reads like an almost-improbable suspense novel in ways, yet Joshua Davis' sometimes eclectic journalistic style carries through in this ongoing tale. He takes us back to 1986 when two Pakistani brothers released the first known computer virus aimed at PCs (out of curiosity), and how within a year it had infected computers around the world. McAfee, who had been sober for four years and was working at Lockheed, read a newspaper article mentioning that the brothers' virus had infected a computer in Georgia. He "found the idea terrifying" and decided to do something: he started McAfee Associates "out of his 700-square-foot home in Santa Clara," and by 1990 was making $5 million a year with little overhead.Read more ›
It is a quick read and is highly recommended if you want to know about the current situation surrounding the former founder of one of the biggest anti-virus software programs in the world.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed the article in Wired a while back and decided to get this to learn more about his story and motivation. Read morePublished 6 months ago by disneyfan1313
A whirlwind read! He seems like a bit of a nut. Mr. McAffee, but a sympathetic one at that. The armchair shrink in my would suggest he suffers froma touch of schizophrenia, namely... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Friendly Gus
Worth reading - McAfee's a nutcase still on the loose -- and doing keynotes for tech conferences.Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not that great but interesting. It ends rather abruptly , definitely chronicles his descent into madness.Published 24 months ago by T
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