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Gates: How Microsoft's Mogul Reinvented an Industry-And Made Himself the Richest Man in America [Hardcover]

Stephen Manes , Paul Andrews
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Doubleday; First Edition edition (Jan 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385420757
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385420754
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 16.5 x 5.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,477,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bestselling author Stephen Manes has written more than thirty books and hundreds of articles in a long career of making arcane worlds accessible to the uninitiated. Four years in the making, his new book, "Where Snowflakes Dance and Swear: Inside the Land of Ballet," was born of his desire to discover how ballet really happens. Now the book has arrived--with an unprecedented amount of inside information about the world he calls the Land of Ballet, from intense rehearsals and lighting sessions to closed-door casting conferences and business meetings.

The book has already earned acclaim from around the globe. In the United States, BalletScoop and ExploreDance called it a "must-read," and Ballet-Dance Magazine deemed it "not to be missed." In Great Britain, a former dancer writing for Balletco found it "engrossing" and "unparalleled." In Australia, Dancelines said "'Snowflakes' reveals all. . . . I can't imagine any other company allowing a writer the same access . . . " James Fayette, a former Principal Dancer with the New York City Ballet, calls the book "a truly in-depth exploration that should be recommended to anyone who craves insight into the very private world of professional ballet and the dancer subculture."

Manes co-wrote the bestselling and much-acclaimed biography "Gates: How Microsoft's Mogul Reinvented an Industry--and Made Himself the Richest Man in America." He wrote long-running columns on personal technology for The New York Times, Forbes, PC World, PC Magazine, and many other publications. He was a creator and co-host of the weekly public television series "Digital Duo."

Manes is also the author of dozens of books for children and young adults. His "Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days!" won kid-voted awards in five states and is a curriculum staple in American and French schools. The sequel, "Make Four Million Dollars by Next Thursday!", quickly became a Publishers Weekly bestseller. His books have been adapted for stage and television productions.

Manes has a degree in cinema from the University of Southern California. His writing credits for the screen include programs for ABC Television and KCET/Los Angeles, as well as the 'seventies classic movie "Mother, Jugs & Speed." A native of Pittsburgh, he lives in Seattle.

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Describes how Bill Gates built Microsoft into the worldwide leader in software. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only reasonably accurate Microsoft history. 29 Jun 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Having read most of the "histories" of Microsoft and Bill Gates and having been around the PC industry for a couple of decades, this was the only one of the books that triggered more "I remember that" reactions than "Wait a minute, that wasn't what happened" reactions.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
This is by far the most personal look at Bill Gates I've ever seen. It gives an insider's view of what it was really like to work for Microsoft in the early years. This includes everything from Bill's temper tantrums to his personal hygiene and old girlfriends. A must read for any Bill Gates follower!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I have ever read. 25 Jan 1997
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is one of my favorite books of all time - I have read it through twice, and I'm reading it again. It's so worn out that soon I will have to order a new one from amazon.com!

Seriously, this really is a great book. It's mind-boggling to think of what it took to get all the information contained in it. The book not only gives a complete history of the life of Bill Gates but also contains most of the history of the entire computer industry.

I reccomend this book to anyone who has any interest in computers at all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
This was the best book that I have ever read. It honestly changed my life. I was always interested in computers and technology (mabye that is why I am majoring in Electrical Engineering) but this book helped me focus my dreams of starting a company in high-technology. This book gives the formula for being extremely rich and successful. The choice is yours whether or not to use it and make all the sacrifices that goes with it. This book shows what kind of person it takes to create a multi-billion dollar corporations. Incredible drive, superior intellect, and expert salesmanship. You will also get some insite into how some of the other multi-million dollar names came about. If you have interest in business and computers, this book is a must read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly detailed; highly readable 30 Nov 2013
By BruceB TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I recently read Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography [Kindle Edition] and, having done so, checked for an appropriate book about Bill Gates.

This book seemed to be the obvious one to choose.

Having worked with computers since before both Gates or Jobs, albeit rather less successfully, I was interested to see how my remembrance of the development of personal computers - generic small 'p' and small 'c' - mapped to the books' content.

Having both books on the Kindle, it was an easy matter to identify common points in each book, and compare how they were spun. I think 'spun' is the right word because each book tends to discount the subject of the other book as being of any real importance. The authors of this book went rather overboard to discount the part that Jobs played and in doing so, lost a little credibility, for me.

Having read both, I found the facts in each to be pretty much spot on and I was surprised to find I liked the Bill Gates as portrayed more than I did Steve Jobs.

All in all, I found this book an engrossing read. It was flawed only in its premature end in 1993, with only some short additions to cover the next 20 years. While I appreciate that a full update would have been a huge undertaking, a lot has happened in that 20 years. As the update at the back of the book asks: "so how did Jobs manage it?".

For me, the two stories become reality in what I now see before me. From 1983 to 2010 I used DOS and all versions of Windows, learning to kludge things throughout that time as a natural need to make the systems work effectively. Eventually, the fact that my PCs were always heavily slowed down by the need for copious anti-virus software topped me into switching to Apple. Productivity wise, there's no competition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So THAT'S how to make a billion dollars! 19 May 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Great reading for all propeller-heads. Excellent history of the ultimate "right place at the right time" scenario. I give it three thumbs up....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good 25 Jan 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This should be read in conjunction with Hard Drive; it is a good book and explores Bill Gates from another angle.
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