- Hardcover: 561 pages
- Publisher: Variant Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (6 Jan. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0973864966
- ISBN-13: 978-0973864960
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.6 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 558,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Commodore: A Company on the Edge Hardcover – 6 Jan 2011
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If you are a fan of Commodore and are interested in the stories behind it I can't imagine you not liking this book. It has some great stories, and I was very impressed with the amount of infomation.
This one is an expanded version of the 1st edition and has more pictures, though it stops at the Amiga. There is another book coming out next year that continues from the Amiga's release.
As said by one previous reviewer, it ends where Jack Tramiel is forced out, but promises a second book to come in 2012, I can't wait!
Told a very interesting tale about Chuck Peddle, and provided more info on MOS than I had seen elsewhere from sources such as the IEEE Spectrum design case history series on C64, Atari VCS etc.
The descriptions of the layout engineers on the table with their socks on with razor blades in hand modifying the layout mask makes me want to dig up my old university VLSI course notes and build an 8 bitter by hand.
My only gripe is ... what about the rest of the Commodore story ... what about Amiga? So much to tell about that.
Guess will have to wait of that book ...
As has been stated by other reviewers, this is a very different book from the first edition. Bagnall finishes with Jack Tramiel leaving commodore, excluding the creation of the C128 and the Amiga years.
Trust me, you will really enjoy this book.
This version appears to have more input from Kit Spencer, giving greater insight. I look forward to the second volume.
There are several things, however, that prevent me from giving it five stars:
In the introduction he mentions revisionist rewriting history to exclude commodore from the early days of the computer industry. However, Bagnall makes reference to Sinclair's "junk computer" and states in a later chapter "Despite the similar look and price, the ZX Spectrum dominated over the C116 in the UK. However, the C64 continued its domination of the ZX Spectrum, making the C116 redundant."
I am not aware of the C116 ever being released in the UK. It was the C16. Also, as someone who worked in retail at the time my recollection is that the C64 and spectrum both sold roughly 50/50 in the UK, with the spectrum possibly selling more. The spectrum sold over 5 million units (excluding a huge number of clone machines)in it's 10 years life.
It is understandable that this book is written with a North American point of view, but I worry that an uninformed reader would believe Sinclair were a small footnote in the computer industry. Where did the UK stats come from?
But as I said, great book!
When the first edition came out I was most curious and bought and read it. It was great! A true eye opener.
So, when this second edition came out I wondered if it was worth getting. Was there anything different? Well the answer to both questions is "Yes!". It is most definitely worth getting.
This second edition puts into context what Commodore were doing in relation to the rest of the industry. Playing with Digital Cameras in the early 80's. What competitors were doing at the time when the C64 came out.
Well written, great insites, and good stories from the people who were there at the time.
Worth getting even if you have the first edition.
A lot has been written before but this has an element of real fact drama.
Lacks a few more pictures but almost beyond fault.
I lived through all of this watching first hand the rise and simple use your imagination joy thats mostly been lost in the big budget industry thats become of my now past;favourite pastime.
Read it and learn apple this will happen to you
Get the Amiga years
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I grew with Commodore and Amiga and was astounded to find out that Apple just basically rewrote history to proclaim they were the first at everything - when really Commodore were... Read morePublished 7 months ago by S Philbin
This is one amazing read. I've learned so much about my favourite company growing up and about all the heroes and villains that both made it and broke it! Read morePublished 7 months ago by S. Houghton
Fantastic ! I really can't wait for the next instalment. I'm so glad the author decided to do the kickstarter which I unfortunately missed. My pre order is in however !Published 9 months ago by Nick
This is an engaging and really well written book - I have been a Commodore fan for as long as I can remember and getting some of the insights and background have made me have a... Read morePublished 12 months ago by David B.
An important read for any computer geek. Especially nowadays when a big brand tries to re-write computer history to its advantage.Published 16 months ago by G. Pedrico
I had heard the stories about the soap opera that went with this early time of computing and never quite imagined it to be so intense as the book revealsPublished 17 months ago by steven
I loved this. Just a shame that the next chapter (Amiga) onwards never got to see the light of day.Published 17 months ago by B. Green
Fascinating insight into the meteoric rise of Commodore.
I'm old enough to look fondly back on my experience with Commodore computers, but too young to have fully understood... Read more