Accidental Empires 2nd Ed.

How the Boys of Silicon Valley Make Their Millions, Battle Foreign Competition, and Still Can't Get a Date

Robert X. Cringley

Publisher: Penguin, 1996, 358 pages

ISBN: 0-14-025826-4

Keywords: Biography

Last modified: May 4, 2019, 10:41 p.m.

This work looks at the business of computing in the US, as computer science, as a business, and as a collection of extraordinary and eccentric characters. After automobiles, energy production, and illegal drugs, personal computers are one of the largest manufacturing industries in the world, and one of the great success stories for American business. This book is linked to a Channel 4 television series entitled "The Triumph of the Nerds".

  1. The Demo-God
  2. The Tyranny of the Normal Distribution
  3. Why They Don't Call It Computer Valley
  4. Amateur Hour
  5. Role Models
  6. Chairman Bill Leads the Happy Workers in Song
  7. All IBM Stories Are True
  8. Software Envy
  9. Clones
  10. The Prophet
  11. Font Wars
  12. On the Beach
  13. Economics of Scale
  14. Counter-Reformation
  15. Future Computing
  16. Wait, There's More
  17. Do the Wave


Accidental Empires

Reviewed by Roland Buresund

Mediocre **** (4 out of 10)

Last modified: May 21, 2007, 2:54 a.m.

Talk about myths. I know some of the persons in this book and reality is very far away.


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