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Hard Drive: Bill Gates and the Making of the Microsoft Empire

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The true story behind the rise of a tyrannical genius, how he
transformed an industry, and why everyone is out to get him.
In this fascinating exposé, two investigative reporters trace the hugely successful career of Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Part entrepreneur, part enfant terrible, Gates has become the most powerful -- and feared -- player in the computer industry, and
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Paperback, 1st HarperBusiness ed., 426 pages
Published March 26th 1993 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 1992)
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Bashar
Mar 03, 2011 Bashar rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
One of the best and most interesting books I've ever read. About the guy hated by many, and loved by many others. Some call him the inventor of computers, GUI interface, or even the internet (for those with little knowledge), others call him a fraud and not ever a tech guy.

I'm not Bill Gates fan, but that doesn't stop me from enjoying a magnificent journey, knowing who he is, how he turned to be, and what is his real story. The interesting thing about Bill Gates's story is it has a lot of strugg
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Utkarsh
May 26, 2013 Utkarsh rated it it was amazing
It's hard to resist the temptation to write a review on this masterpiece.
One of the best books i have read this year. The true story of Bill Gates's journey towards creating the giant known as MICROSOFT.
He started with the scratch at the minor age of 13, with nothing but his vision to create the software which will dominate the world in decades to come.
I would like to add that very few people know the fact that bill gates is a Harvard Law Dropout. He quits Harvard and starts his company at 20.
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Jack Gibson
Mar 29, 2015 Jack Gibson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biographical
A human and engagingly written narrative about a quirky man called Bill and how he shaped this part of computer history.

Extremely rich in its use of sources and interviews.

Full of adventure, legality, romance, business, prostitutes and not least technology, this book has it all.

You cannot fault this book for leaving you wanting more...ending with knowing that Bill Gates Jr is getting married and saying '"If anybody thinks getting married is going to lessen my intensity, they are in for a surpri
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Anton
Feb 03, 2013 Anton rated it it was amazing
Книга описывает биографию, карьеру и управление компанией Билла Гейтса вплоть до начала 90х годов. Книга основана на воспоминаниях людей так или иначе сталкивающихся с Биллом напротяжении описанного периода его жизни. Читается легко
Первое, что впечатляет, это возраст, в котором Билл Гейтс начал работать (12 лет). В его школе был доступ к ЭВМ и это кажется основным фактором определившим его дальнейшую жизнь.
Билл Гейтс (в отличие от многих) верил (предвидел) в бурное развитие персональных компьюте
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Vitalijus Sostak
Sep 15, 2015 Vitalijus Sostak rated it it was amazing
Although this book is published in 1993 and does not include a lot of interesting moments from recent history, many reviewers still call it the best Bill Gates' biography.
It will leave you inspired, in awe and admiration over what tremendous drive, vision, stubbornness and passion stood behind creating world's biggest fortune.
Especially delicious reading for people familiar with basic IT, contains numerous interesting details on history of PC.
Recommended!
Magdalena Sihotang
Buku ini menulis tentang Bill Gates, Microsoft di masa-masa awal pendiriannya, dan orang-orang yang terlibat di dalammnya.
I'm always curious about why the thing the way it is, kenapa kita begitu terbiasa dengan word, excel, ppt, dan kenapa Bill Gates begitu ditahu banyak orang...
And it's always nice to see the person behind the scene, from a closer proximity. Secara pribadi, jadi kagum sama Mary Gates, ibunya Bill Gates, keren... percaya akan pendidikan. Kagum dengan kerja keras programmer-prog
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Rich
Dec 28, 2015 Rich rated it it was amazing
I read this book many many times. Loved it!
Luu Khue
May 07, 2015 Luu Khue rated it it was amazing
Good book about Bill Gates and Microsoft.
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Mauricio Alegretti
Apr 16, 2013 Mauricio Alegretti rated it really liked it
A pretty good book, and in a way it's fun to see how the Microsoft empire evolved after this one was out (the book ends in the mid-90s era). Definitely a good read to understand the way Gates did business in the start of his career...
Horacio
Apr 24, 2013 Horacio rated it really liked it
Shelves: geek
Increíble perfil de este complejo personaje. No tenía idea cuanto había influido en la historia del PC. Y eso que llega hasta Windows 3, ni siquiera se menciona Internet.
Bill
Aug 03, 2011 Bill added it
The first of many books about Bill Gates. Covers Microsoft's Albuquerque years very well, and the early friends and business partners of Bill Gates.
Nick
Apr 28, 2013 Nick added it
Excellent (and appropriate) read as I near my June start date.
Sotaing
Great NERD, tuns to great vicious entrepreneur!
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itz a good for makketing knowlege
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