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5.0 out of 5 stars Should have been an absolutely compelling read and it isn't
There are a number of fascinating stories that Paul Allen could have told. He could write a whole book on the acquisition, development and delivery of MS/DOS to IBM and then to other PC makers. Paul Allen devotes only a couple of pages to this topic - indeed just enough to support his claim that it was his idea to use Tom Patterson's 86-DOS after Jack Sams, an IBM...
Published on 11 May 2011 by Paul

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3.0 out of 5 stars Fails to stick the course
It starts really well for two reasons, gripping background to the early history of Microsoft and written by an excellent ghost writer who can really make you turn pages. Sadly after Microsoft (approximately half the book) it turns down hill and all the things about ghost writing come to the surface, for example, on page 305 discussing his funding of Neuroscience:...
Published on 17 May 2011 by Dr Bob


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5.0 out of 5 stars Important view on IT history, 20 Mar 2013
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I knew Microsoft was an important foundation of the tech industry. This book helps complete the picture and highlights Allen's significant contribution. Well worth a read
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4.0 out of 5 stars A bit short on his time at Microsoft, 18 Nov 2012
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I looked forward to this book since it was announced. Microsoft is a company that has had a tremendous impact on almost everybody's life, so I was fascinated about finding out some things about how it works and what drives them. Paul Allen seems to have very little knowledge of what happened in Redmond after leaving the firm, so while I gained some insight into the early days, there really wasn't much about it after he left. Instead we get a lot about Paul Allen's charitable work, while important and certainly beneficial to those receiving largesse from him, it does bring down the reading experience. He has also been through some mildly malevolent medical scares, so if you are into billionaire sob stories you might even consider a fifth star.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Curiously unsatisfying, 15 May 2011
This book is worth reading but not as compelling is it could have been.

Probably the most interesting thing is the insight it gives into Bill Gates and his management style. Not particularly riveting.
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