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These days, we are used to the "total commitment" philosophy of managing technical creation, but Kidder was surprised and even a little alarmed at the obsessions and compulsions he found. From in-house political struggles to workers permitted to tease management to marathon 24-hour work sessions, The Soul of a New Machine explores concepts that already seem familiar, even old-hat, less than 20 years later. Kidder plainly admires his subjects; while he admits to hopeless confusion about their work, he finds their dedication heroic. The reader wonders, though, what will become of it all, now and in the future. --Rob Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
-- Jeremy Bernstein, New York Review of Books
This is a very interesting read even in 2015. Kidders fly on the wall approach ensures he got a deep insight into not only the day to day operations at Data General but also the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by AlexK
This was required reading when I worked for DG in 1983 - pick it up every five years - greatPublished 4 months ago by Clivemax
Was recommended this book, and it was one of the best reads I have had in a long time. Great characterisation, well executed, and more to the point interesting.Published 5 months ago by Hugh Tomkins
I remember reading this story when I was much younger, of the amazing days of Data General, and their struggle to catch up with DEC when a 32-bit minicomputer was needed to save... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Nigel Davies
I read this book based on the mention in Shippy and Phipps' book about the PPC CPU in the Xbox 360 and PS3 (The Race for a New Game Machine). Read morePublished 22 months ago by S DHARM-DATTA
As one of the other reviewers commented, this book really is timeless.
I was given a copy when I started in the IT industry in the early 90s, fresh out of University. Read more
Like many other reviewers here, I first read this book about 25 years ago and liked it enormously. At the time, computers were a hobby and library books about them were scant. Read morePublished on 1 July 2011 by Gary Taylor
This book tells an exciting story, a true page turner. It shows what a team of highly motivated people can achieve under stress in a competitive setting: delivering a new computer... Read morePublished on 4 Jan. 2010 by R. A. Windgassen
This great classic of the computer and software engineering world won Kidder the 1981 Pulitzer. If you enjoyed The Right Stuff or The Nudist on the Late Shift: And Other True Tales... Read morePublished on 1 Jan. 2010 by Amazon Customer