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The Silicon Boys: And Their Valley of Dreams

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In "the best book to date on the subject" (San Francisco Chronicle), prize-winning journalist David A. Kaplan brings to life the culture and history of Silicon Valley. The symbol of high-tech genius and ineffable wealth, a place that competes with Hollywood and Washington in the zeitgeist of success and excess, the Valley is the epicenter of the New Economy. Depending on y ...more
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Published April 5th 2000 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published June 23rd 1999)
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Larry Snyder
I've read through this book 3 times - anytime I read a book twice it's a rare event. Some of the stories are a bit unbelievable and sensationalistic but the history of silicon valley and how these tech guys keep inventing and reinventing themselves is great fun. Well done.
David Kopec
I thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end. For anyone interested in the culture of Silcion Valley it is a must read. Yes, as other reviewers pointed out it jumps around quite a bit. Both in terms of pace and interest. However, taken as a whole it provides exciting stories of busines, personal flare, finance, and technology. A good read for anyone with at least a vague interest in the subject matter.
Aimee
The best book I've read on the history of Silicon Valley. Though a bit of a period piece (it was published in 1999), its history of the early days of the Valley -- from the founding of HP, Shockley etc -- is great.
Bill Varon
Best account on the history of the high tech industry, especially the early days of the micro chip through the VC created dot-com craziness and how successful start-ups are made.
Mike
Apr 26, 2007 Mike rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: techies
Also pretty decent, good overview of the major players at the start of the tech boom. Covers the start of the computing revolution and the start of the internet boom.
David Silva
Great recap of the early history of the valley, recommended. Would love something like this of more current events.
Lori Grant
A should-read book on entrepreneurial success stories for the knowledge worker or aspiring entrepreneur.
Tricia
I loved this book.
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American writer and journalist. He works for Fortune magazine, after a 20-year career at Newsweek, where he wrote dozens of cover stories, as well as edited the annual Newsweek-Kaplan College Guide.
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