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Building IBM: Shaping an Industry and Its Technology

(History of Computing)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  22 ratings  ·  2 reviews
No company of the twentieth century achieved greater success and engendered more admiration, respect, envy, fear, and hatred than IBM. Building IBM tells the story of that company—how it was formed, how it grew, and how it shaped and dominated the information processing industry. Emerson Pugh presents substantial new material about the company in the period before 1945 as ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published March 16th 1995 by MIT Press (MA)
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Landis
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Underwhelming. Prose style failed to engage. Chronology was bizarre at times (author would do these backtracks, introducing the next product and then backtracking on the next page to a few years before to trace some arbitrarily chosen path that led to that product? Maybe?). Overall, purpose wobbled on a very narrow path between the two poles of listing superficial business decisions (without getting into the nuts and bolts of the technology or its impact) and downright propaganda (IBM never ...more
John Ritchie
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book on history of IBM

Good book with lots of interesting anecdotes, got bogged down a bit on technical descriptions of complex components that gave some detail but not a simple enough description and graphic to make it understandable to the layman. Recommend simple illustrations be added to explain things like how the magnetic cores worked, etc.
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Emerson W. Pugh (born 1 May 1929) is an American research engineer and scientist, whose career at US corporation IBM spanned several decades and resulted in significant technological advances. He was a leader in magnetic and computer memory technologies and author of several books, including college-level physics textbooks and the history of IBM. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and ...more

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