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  - Jan Van Ryswyck - Goodreads

Amazing storytelling about the birth and rise of the personal computer. Required reading for anyone in the IT industry.Favorite quote from the book: "Let's not worry about conformity and tradition. Let's just do whatever works and let's have fun doing it." Read full review

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

User Review  - Hemanta Gupta - Goodreads

Fine work, especially the first half about MITS and the Homebrew Computer Club. Required reading for anyone in the current crop who thinks the tech industry is only about chasing funding and billion ... Read full review

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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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