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 of Silicon Valley
you'll love this as a story of origins.
The epic it recounts is now a familiar tale in a hundred technology start-ups and cutting edge research projects, but at the time was an unfamiliar one to the outside world. If you ever wanted to know what lies below the surface of the technology that you use every day and what happens behind the scenes, then this is the great classic. If you are an engineer you'll live a breath this - if you are a manager you'll learn what makes these guys tick and what they value and if you are an outsider you'll learn about a different world where everything that lies beneath the surface of the modern age is made.
Here we we learn about kludges and canards - and meet project leader Tom West - whose slogan "Not everything worth doing is worth doing well" seemingly a byword of computing.
Machines may be more powerful now but the very same issues, stories and interplay between founders, funders, engineers and marketers that is covers in intense detail and with excitement and energy still exist.