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The Mysterious Affair at Olivetti by Meryle Secrest
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Nov 05, 2019 | ISBN 9780451493651

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“Tantalizing … colorful … Secrest marshals an impressive array of circumstantial evidence encompassing the shadowy web of business, politics, and espionage that ensnared postwar Italy.”

The New Yorker

“The first English-language history of the legendary Italian firm and a gripping account of its little-known race to develop the world’s first dekstop computer … Secrest is an engaging guide … Riveting.”

–Julian Lucas, Harper’s

“Meryle Secrest is a master biographer … a Cold War mystery replete with industrial history and espionage, international intrigue, early death, and the creation of the world’s first desktop computer … surprisingly relevant to the conversation we are having today about the nature of electronic machines and industrial development, art, and design … a vital piece of almost lost industrial and engineering history.”

–Porchlight “Books to Watch”

“A little-known slice of computer history in [Secrest’s] fascinating account of the Italian typewriter company Olivetti, which created the first desktop computer … a riveting look at an ambitious and inventive family deserving wider attention.”

Publishers Weekly

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