The Soul of a New Machine

The Soul of a New Machine


By (author) Tracy Kidder

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  • Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 206mm x 24mm | 299g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2000
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0316491977
  • ISBN 13: 9780316491976
  • Edition statement: Back Bay Pbk an.
  • Sales rank: 52,740

Product description

A new trade paperback edition has been issued of a nonfiction modern classic--the Pulitzer Prize-winning work that, more than any other book, captures the essential spirit of the computer age. Fascinating. . . . A surprisingly gripping account of people at work.--The Wall Street Journal.

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Review quote

"It has the ring of truth....For readers who would like to know what it takes to make a computer, how computers are organized, and who the people are who put them together, I strongly recommend The Soul of a New Machine. I do not know anything quite like it".-- Jeremy Bernstein, New York Review of Books

Back cover copy

Computers have changed since 1981, when Tracy Kidder indelibly recorded the drama, comedy, and excitement of one company's efforts to bring a new microcomputer to market. What has changed little, however, is computer culture: the feverish pace of the high-tech industry, the mystique of programmers, the go-for-broke approach to business that has caused so many computer companies to win big (or go belly up), and the cult of pursuing mind-bending technological innovations. By tracing computer culture to its roots, by exploring the "soul" of the "machine" that has revolutionized the world, Kidder succeeds as no other writer has done in capturing the essential spirit of the computer age.