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Gates: How Microsoft's Mogul Reinvented an Industry-And Made Himself the Richest Man in America

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In a nation never shy about elevating business tycoons to mythic stature, Bill Gates--the youngest self-made billionaire in history--remains unique. Gates reveals precisely how Bill Gates became the most influential person in the computer industry, and why he is idolized, hated, and feared.
Hardcover, 534 pages
Published December 1st 1992 by Doubleday
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Jason David
Jun 23, 2014 Jason David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is still the definitive account about the rise of Microsoft. I really like how the author deals with the evolution of programming languages and how Gates redefined the whole idea of software. I can appreciate from this history just how hugely innovative Windows was. It provides a very favorable view of Gates and especially his technical skills. Yet, it also shows how rapid growth led to a corporate culture that in some ways stymied coordination and collaboration, embodied in the company's i ...more
Prabowo Shakti
Witness the transformation! It was the theme of the day, the slogan for the biggest, splashiest software rollout yet concocted. It was emblazoned on posters, flyers, buttons. It sounded like the mantra of some bizarre religious cult— which in some ways it was. When you got right down to it, this whole Windows thing had been basically an act of faith, Bill Gates's faith in this vision of the future of computers— a faith that had taken him to the very top of the industry and transformed him into a ...more
Bryan Kim
Jul 08, 2011 Bryan Kim rated it it was amazing
Incredibly well researched and detailed book, almost to a fault. The 460 page tome spares nary a detail or characters from the life and times of Bill Gates and Microsoft... so much so that it becomes specific names, projects and programs start "compositing" themselves into one another, difficult to keep track of individually. Still, the writing is supurb, following a tightly chronological timeline, and effortlessly tying in detail and contexts from a wide variety of primary sources. The narrativ ...more
Mark Schomburg
This is an excellent detailed story of the earliest days before Microsoft existed to its preeminence. To finally see the real path inside local Seattle that led to the beginnings is a real treat. Learn here why it wasn't necessarily a good strategy to learn computer science at the University of Washington in the 1980s under the assumption that it would lead to Microsoft. The truth about the invention of DOS and also the beginnings of the BASIC which was employed in early microcomputers is well c ...more
Simon Klaver
Feb 06, 2015 Simon Klaver rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good background stories on how Microsoft got started. I never knew that early Ms products were not written on PC s themselves, but actually created on PC emulators on a VAX or other mainframe. This allowed them to have software ready as soon as a new machine was available for the market. And stories about Gates' fast driving habits are fun. Too bad the book ends mid-90-ties, I think an 2nd part about the more recent period (revival of Apple, philantropic work) will be as interesting.
Jbradley86 Bradley
This book gives many details about what Bill Gates was like in his younger days, and how he rose to the top. The reader will get an idea of what it was like to work for Microsoft in those early days. It includes everything from Bill's temper tantrums to his hygiene habits, as well as romances with ex-girlfriends and his wife. Although this book was written about 14 years ago, I still think it is the best biography of Bill Gates on the market.
Otis Chandler
Jan 24, 2007 Otis Chandler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: techies
I picked this up in a Library in Big Sur, expecting to learn about Bill Gates, and instead found it was about the history of the PC industry. A fascinating history, and still a very relevant read, even though the history stops at 1995. There have been just a few developments since then!
Jul 07, 2009 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite books - I loved the story of how Microsoft came to be and how Gates manipulated everyone, including the Execs at IBM. If you enjoy reading about how companies are made, and the risks that are taken, this is a MUST read.
Adam Lowe
Oct 24, 2013 Adam Lowe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brilliantly researched and written. A fair and objective insight into one of the most influential men of the 20th and 21st centuries. Highly recommended especially for those who grew up with the birth and rise of the PC.
Jan 08, 2015 Slavi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well researched book on early days of Microsoft.
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