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Geek Silicon Valley

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The Real Silicon Valley

Some people say that Silicon Valley is a state of mind, but the cultural trends that drive us today were actually born in a very real place—the garages and back rooms of the cities between San Francisco and San Jose, California. Geek Silicon Valley delivers Silicon Valley history, taking us from success story to failed start-up and back again as we d

Kindle Edition, 264 pages
Published (first published November 1st 2007)
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Mary Anne
A good survey of Silicon Valley history that specifically looks at the tech history of the area. I really like that the book points out specific addresses, marker locations, telephone numbers, and web links. Granted, the book was published in 2007 and is already a bit out-of-date, but of course the history is pretty spot on. A good enjoyable read. The printing itself is not fantastic, and the organization is a bit off. I agree with other reviewers who recommend pictures, but I know the purchasin ...more
Heather Pagano
A fun approach to the history of technology by organizing information geographically instead of chronologically. This form of organization allowed the author to visit and revisit key players in Silicon Valley's history, which helped the reader review important people and corporations, and gave a feel for how interactions, combinations and recombinations of technical talent made history.

The mesh of history and tourist tips was a little odd, but gave a friendly tone to the book. Some tourist tips
Useful and enjoyable travel guide to points of interest. Really enhanced my visit.
Fluid and informative. Wish it had some pictures though, of the buildings or maybe of logos so I might recognize companies I don't know by name. Also it has a couple really basic spelling mistakes (reeking a bit of havoc on page 216 and you're next stop will be on page 232 of the 2007 edition).
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