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This review is from: The Soul of a New Machine (Paperback)
Mildly interesting account of how a computer was built at the tail end of the 70s. Kidder attempts to craft memorable portraits of the young men involved but they never quite come alive for me and so the story really doesn't appeal.
I have a friend who works in the computer industry who says this book has given him important insights into how he does his job. I can see that if you have a similar career to that of the people described here it would be very interesting, for the rest of us I'm not so sure.
The most interesting chapter is "Going to the Fair" in which there is a brief (all too brief) discussion on how computers will change society. I would have preferred more in this vein. Not a bad book, I'm glad I read it, but not a good book either.