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What's the most interesting book on the history of the computer industry?

Asked by justin (179 points ) December 10th, 2006
Looking for a gift for my dad, who's interested in business and history. He can understand technical stuff, but it should be a fun read...
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linde's avatar
i might recommend the
linde's avatar
i might recommend "The Cuckoo's Egg" by Cliff Stoll. not actually a survery of computer history if that is what you're looking for -- but if you'd like a good history of an interesting story from the early days online, this is it and is certainly among the most interesting history books about computers.
ben's avatar
Nerds 2.0.1 is supposed to be pretty good (it was a gift many years ago, but I never actually read it). Apparently, it was also made into an excellent PBS video. It's a little older, but that should be okay for history.
arnieb's avatar
I have two recommendations:
arnieb's avatar
1- Hackers, I don't remember the author.
arnieb's avatar
2- "Soul of a New Machine" by Tracy Kidder. Both are excellent and easy reads. Even though the Kidder book is somewhat dated, the description of bringing a complex computing machine into production is really excellent.
SomaShine's avatar
"The Inmates are Running the Asylum..period
anartist's avatar

I second Cliff Stoll’s Cuckoo’s Egg which is almost a thriller in a way, and Steven Levy’s Hackers

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