This book is a little-known gem. I found this book on a friend's booksheld, pick it up, glanced at the back.... and was completely captivated. I sat down and read straight for almost 5 hours. The tale Bass tells is enthralling. Not only does it serve as a fasicinating introduction to computers, but it is also probably the most wonderful account of friendship, idealism and dedication that I have ever read. It is a unique insight into the intellectual, post-hippie society of Silicon valley, while at the same time being a thrilling tale of science against the casino. Truth is indeed stranger than fiction!