The Soul of a New Machine

Tracy Kidder

Publisher: Little, Brown, 1981, 293 pages

ISBN: 978-0-316-49197-6

Keywords: Biography

Last modified: April 7, 2021, 6:51 p.m.

Computers have changed since 1981, when Tracy Kidder indelibly recorded the dram, comedy, and excitement of one company's efforts to bring a new mini-computer to market. What has changed little, however, is computer culture: the feversih pace of the high-tech industry, the mystique of programmers, the entrepreneurial bravado that has caused so many start-up companies to win big (or crash and burn), and the cult of pursuing mind-bending technological innovations. By tracing computer culture to its roots, by exploring the "soul" of the "machine" that has revolutionized the world, Kidder succeeds as no other writer has done in capturing the essential spirit of the computer age.

  • Prologue: A Good Man in a Storm
  1. How to Make a Lot of Money
  2. The Wars
  3. Building a Team
  4. Wallach's Golden Moment
  5. Midnight Programmer
  6. Flying Upside Down
  7. La Machine
  8. The Wonderful Micromachines
  9. A Workshop
  10. The Case of the Missing NAND Gate
  11. Shorter Than a Season
  12. Pinball
  13. Going to the Fair
  14. The Last Crunch
  15. Canards
  16. Dinosaurs
  • Epilogue


The Soul of a New Machine

Reviewed by Roland Buresund

Excellent ********** (10 out of 10)

Last modified: April 7, 2021, 6:55 p.m.

I read this in the middle of the eighties, and lent it to a friend (never to be seen again).

I just re-bought it and re-read it. It is still excellent in capturing the IT culture, in high-tech.

Recommended, nay, mandatory reading for any one that comes into contact with high-tech people.


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