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The Code

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The Code by Margaret O'Mara
Jul 09, 2019 | 512 Pages
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“Entertaining and nuanced history . . . Concerned technology users—which pretty much sums up all of us—will find much of interest here.” –Booklist, starred review

“[I]lluminating history . . . A well-researched book students of technological history and the emergence of the digital economy will want to know.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Puts a gloriously human face on the history of computing in the U.S. . . . extraordinarily comprehensive . . . a must-read for anyone interested in how a one-horse town birthed a revolution that has shifted the course of modern civilization.” Publishers Weekly, starred review
The Code unlocks the secrets of Silicon Valley’s success, but it does much more. With the deftness of a novelist and the care of a scholar, Margaret O’Mara guides readers on an exciting journey – from the pioneers who birthed Silicon Valley, to often overlooked government dollars that served as its spur, to portraits of both famed individuals like Jobs and Gates and of those who deserve to be famous, to an industry that both inspires and horrifies. This is a vital, important book.” – Ken Auletta, author of Googled and Frenemies
“Silicon Valley’s long and complicated relationship with the US government has gone largely unchronicled. Until now  – in The Code Margaret O’Mara opens a significant new window into that history. She has captured a portrait of an industry that has until now largely operated outside of the public eye. The Code reveals that Valley is both more of a creature of its partnership with government and an increasingly powerful influence upon it.  The Code is an important addition to the literature that seeks to understand Silicon Valley and its impact on the entire world.” – John Markoff
“A definitive chronicle of how one small group of people, in one particular place, changed everything for the rest of us. Margaret O’Mara tells the story with just the right level of detail, allowing you to form your own opinion as to whether the fire was an accident or deliberately set.” – George Dyson, author of Turing’s Cathedral

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