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Gates: How Microsoft's Mogul Reinvented an Industry and Made Himself the Richest Man in America by [Manes, Stephen, Andrews, Paul]
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The New York Times and USA Today called this book "definitive." The Washington Post deemed it "impressive" and "meticulously researched," with "much of the drama and suspense of a novel." The Seattle Times said Gates "should be required reading for any new hire in the personal computer industry." Now this masterpiece of biography and technology is available in an electronic edition with a new afterword by the authors.

Bill Gates is an American icon, the ultimate revenge of the nerd. The youngest self-made billionaire in history was for many years the most powerful person in the computer industry. His tantrums, his odd rocking tic, and his lavish philanthropy have become the stuff of legend. Gates is the one book that truly illuminates the early years of the man and his company.

In high school he organized computer enterprises for profit. At Harvard he co-wrote Microsoft BASIC, the first commercial personal computer software, then dropped out and made it a global standard. At 25, he offered IBM a program he did not yet own--a program called DOS that would become the essential operating system for more than 100 million personal computers and the foundation of the Gates empire. As Microsoft's dominance extended around the globe, Bill Gates became idolized, hated, and feared.

In this riveting independent biography, veteran computer journalists Stephen Manes and Paul Andrews draw on a dozen sessions with Gates himself and nearly a thousand hours of interviews with his friends, family, employees, and competitors to debunk the myths and paint the definitive picture of the real Bill Gates, "bugs" and all. Here is the shy but fearless competitor with the guts and brass to try anything once--on a computer, at a negotiation, or on water skis. Here is the cocky 23-year-old who calmly spurned an enormous buyout offer from Ross Perot. Here is the supersalesman who motivated his Smart Guys, fought bitter battles with giant IBM, and locked horns with Apple's Steve Jobs--and usually won. Here, too, is the workaholic pessimist who presided over Microsoft's meteoric rise while most other personal computer pioneers fell by the wayside. Gates extended his vision of software to art, entertainment, education, and even biotechnology, and made good on much of his promise to put his software "on every desk and in every home."

Gates is a bracing, comprehensive portrait of the microcomputer industry, one of its leading companies, and the man who helped create a world where software is everything.

About the Author

Stephen Manes and Paul Andrews

Stephen Manes has covered the computer industry for more than ten years as a columnist and contributing editor for PC Magazine, PC/Computing, and PC Sources. Paul Andrews reports on technology for the Seattle Times where he covers Microsoft and writes a weekly column on computers.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4569 KB
  • Print Length: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Cadwallader & Stern (9 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CB14A1Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,107 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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