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Pride Before the Fall: The Trials of Bill Gates and the End of the Microsoft Era

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This is the definitive investigation of the most important business story of our time. In riveting style, Pride Before the Fall uncovers the truth behind the headlines -- including the hidden roles of Silicon Valley's most powerful men in shattering Microsoft's aura of invincibility and the climate of fear that held an industry in its thrall. Heilemann's groundbreaking ...more
Hardcover, 246 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Steve Kettmann
May 02, 2010 rated it liked it
My S.F. Chronicle review from 2001:

This surprisingly sober account of the diminishment of Bill Gates and Microsoft ought to be required reading for anyone (probably most of us) who has often tuned out the unending stream of news accounts covering the same territory.
Heilemann, formerly a never-dull political writer for HotWired and then a staff writer for the New Yorker, walks us through the story admirably. He had amazing access to the principal figures in the recent court battle between the
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Austin Federa
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I cannot reccomend this enough
Matthew Ciarvella
Sep 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
An interesting account of the Microsoft trial, which everyone my age will remember as being "a thing" in the news for a while. But then, like many "a things," it just sort of went away, didn't it? The story vanished off the front page and then, years later, occasionally nerds like myself would wonder, "wait, didn't Microsoft lose that case? Weren't they supposed to be broken up? Why didn't that ever happen?"

The book itself is good; Heilemann's writing style is enjoyable enough to liven up
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John Arthur Heilemann is an American journalist for New York magazine, where he mainly covers US politics. Previously, he was a staff writer for The New Yorker, Wired and The Economist. He is the co-author of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller Game Change Obama and the Clintons McCain and Palin and the Race of a Lifetime, about the 2008 US presidential campaign. Heilemann is also a political ...more