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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
Paperback, 1st HarperBusiness ed., 426 pages
Published March 26th 1993 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 1992)
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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
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.
Jack Gibson
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
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
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
Luu Khue
Good book about Bill Gates and Microsoft.
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Mauricio Alegretti
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...
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.
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.
Apr 28, 2013 Nick added it
Excellent (and appropriate) read as I near my June start date.
Great NERD, tuns to great vicious entrepreneur!
itz a good for makketing knowlege
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