Fire in the Valley: The Making of the Personal Computer

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McGraw-Hill, 2000 - Computers - 463 pages
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In 1984, two beat reporters wrote what has since become the seminal work on the creation of the PC industry. Now back by popular demand, this updated re-issue of Fire in the Valley contains more outrageous tales about, and photos of, the individuals that created the personal computer.

This is the story of those pioneering individuals and the industry they founded, often in their own words, but always with an insider's view. A fascinating account of an idea that caught fire, Fire in the Valley became the basis for TNT's Original Movie Pirates of Silicon Valley that aired early summer 1999.

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Review: Fire in the Valley: Making of the Personal Computer

User Review  - Tero Kuittinen - Goodreads

Probably the best book about tech industry I have ever read. It's fascinating just how clueless major corporations were about the personal computer industry - and how the early computer firms cobbled ... Read full review

Review: Fire in the Valley: Making of the Personal Computer

User Review  - Marcin - Goodreads

Good, but without fire. Read full review

About the author (2000)

Freiberger is a member of the research staff at Interval Research Corp.

Swaine is editor-at-large for Dr. Dobb's Journal.

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