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The Silicon Boys: And Their Valley of Dreams
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
Published April 5th 2000 by William Morrow Paperbacks
(first published June 23rd 1999)
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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.
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.
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.More about David A. Kaplan...