The Soul of A New Machine
Computers have changed since 1981, when Tracy Kidder memorably recorded the drama, comedy, and excitement of one companys efforts to bring a new microcomputer to market. What has not changed is the feverish pace of the high-tech industry, the go-for-broke approach to business that has caused so many computer companies to win big (or go belly up), and the cult of pursuing mind-bending technological innovations. The Soul of a New Machine is an essential chapter in the history of the machine that revolutionized the world in the twentieth century.
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Pulitzer Prize winner Kidder's 1981 volume was published when mini-supercomputers were still the stuff of science fiction. How the world has turned. Though technology has grown immeasurably since then, this volume still serves as an interesting history of the machine that conquered the world. Read full review
I read this book back in 1981 when it was published. I have since remembered this book on many occasions as I am in the field of Information Technology. While not an engineer that builds hardware, I recognize many of the traits of the engineers that build machines. The biggest impression of the book is the management style of Tom West. I have used many of the expressions and techniques that he used in the book in business and have adapted many of these to accommodate specific circumstances. I plan a reread after 30 years!