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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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Mar 03, 2011 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
May 26, 2013 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.
Lê Khánh
Jun 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Do đọc sách dịch nên cá nhân mình thấy cả quyển sách tác giả Nguyễn Tố Nguyên (NXB Thế giới) dịch không hay. Nhiều đoạn mình phải tự hỏi là không biết tác giả dịch hay chị google dịch nữa!

Bỏ qua phần khuyết điểm đó thì nhìn chung giá trị về mặt nội dung mà cuốn sách mang lại là không thể phủ nhận. Qua gần 500 trang sách, điều mà mình thấy nội bật nhất ở con người Bill Gate đó chính là tính cách. Ông là một người hướng công việc. Mọi suy nghĩ, mọi hành động của ông đều là về công việc. Đối với n
Jack Gibson
Apr 17, 2014 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
Trung Nguyen Dang
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hard Drive is the best account I've read on Microsoft and Bill Gates. It's a very old book (1993) but super detailed, well-researched on Microsoft and Bill Gates. It builds on a number of other older books on Microsoft and other companies (eg IBM), articles and interviews with people. There are lots of titbit stories and quotes from people. Microsoft copied a lot of ideas from smaller one-product companies, and drove them out of business.

While I've read and learned about Bill Gates' tenacity, re
Misty Madonna
Mar 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: biography
This book is super thorough, especially about DOS. It’s obvious the authors did a lot of research to make this book so technical and I was surprised it was so technical.

I loved the tidbits about Paul Allen and I’d often find myself picturing him jamming out on his guitar. Now, I want to read more about Allen. I especially enjoyed reading about Bill’s childhood and Seattle roots.

The quirky parts about how they’d go to Burgermaster and how Bill loved driving fast in his sports cars made me smile.
Jeffrey Sung
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating history of the early computer revolution through examining Bill Gates, the fall of Digital Research and CP/M, and the rise of Microsoft and DOS.

An absolute must-read. It also is a (more honest) superset of the story contained in The DOS Bible, which covers the same material as a few chapters of this book.
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
well written
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: technology
Good book about Bill Gates that cuts through a lot of bullshit popular in biographies and presents facts instead. Interesting.
Sumit Singh
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
A bit old.. but still a good read :)
Ed Sadowski
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great way to learn about the history of computers from the perspective of one of the giants.
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good insight into what motivated people are like. Brilliance starts early.
John Hart
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vintage-computer
A great book about the history of Microsoft (up to 1992) and Bill Gates.
Achtung Englander
Aug 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
There is a passage in the book which sums up Bill Gates business mind perfectly. It was taken from John Steinbeck’s novel Cannery Row:

The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling are the concomitants of failure in our system. All those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.

This is a co
Feb 03, 2013 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
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
Vitalijus Sostak
Sep 08, 2015 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.
Michael Quinn
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Re-read this after reading it when it originally came out.

Fascinating to go back and see how it all started and some of the decisions along the way. And this all is leading up to Win 95 and the behemoth that Office would become.
Mauricio Alegretti
Dec 22, 2012 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...
Aug 03, 2011 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.
Great NERD, tuns to great vicious entrepreneur!
Luu Khue
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Good book about Bill Gates and Microsoft.
Apr 28, 2013 added it
Excellent (and appropriate) read as I near my June start date.
Marcos Moret
Unputdownable biography of Bill Gates and Microsoft to the early '90s.
Sep 07, 2011 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.
Beng Lee
Jun 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great read into Bill Gates determination and hard drive to success and world domination!
Sep 24, 2007 rated it did not like it
itz a good for makketing knowlege
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read this book many many times. Loved it!
Danie Botha
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
A peak into the life and world of Bill Gates.
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“Gates loved competing- and winning. Just as importantly, he hated losing. He thrived on competition, as long as he was playing or doing something he was good at, and relished opportunities to prove himself, physically and mentally.” 0 likes
“On one 50-mile summer hike, Gates demonstrated the persistence and tenacity that was to be his trademark later in life.” 0 likes
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