Hard Drive: Bill Gates and the Making of the Microsoft Empire

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Harper Collins, Jun 1, 1993 - Business & Economics - 426 pages
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The true story behind the rise of a tyrannical genius, how he
transformed an industry, and why everyone is out to get him.In this fascinating exposť, two investigative reporters trace the hugely successful career of Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Part entrepreneur, part enfant terrible, Gates has become the most powerful -- and feared -- player in the computer industry, and arguably the richest man in America. In Hard Drive, investigative reporters Wallace and Erickson follow Gates from his days as an unkempt thirteen-year-old computer hacker to his present-day status as a ruthless billionaire CEO. More than simply a "revenge of the nerds" story though, this is a balanced analysis of a business triumph, and a stunningly driven personality. The authors have spoken to everyone who knows anything about Bill Gates and Microsoft -- from childhood friends to employees and business rivals who reveal the heights, and limits, of his wizardry. From Gates's singular accomplishments to his equally extraordinary brattiness, arrogance, and hostility (the atmosphere is so intense at Microsoft that stressed-out programmers have been known to ease the tension of their eighty-hour workweeks by exploding homemade bombs), this is a uniquely revealing glimpse of the person who has emerged as the undisputed king of a notoriously brutal industry.

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User Review  - Nick - Goodreads

Excellent (and appropriate) read as I near my June start date. Read full review

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User Review  - Mauricio Alegretti - Goodreads

A pretty good book, and in a way it's fun to see how the Microsoft empire evolved after this one was out (the book ends in the mid-90s era). Definitely a good read to understand the way Gates did business in the start of his career... Read full review


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Wallace is a senior reporter for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and recipient of the 1990 National Headliner Award for Public Service.

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