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The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by [Walter Isaacson]
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"The Innovators . . . is riveting, propulsive and at times deeply moving. . . . One of Isaacson's jealousy-provoking gifts is his ability to translate complicated science into English--those who have read his biographies of Einstein and Steve Jobs understand that Isaacson is a kind of walking Rosetta Stone of physics and computer programming. . . . The Innovators is one of the most organically optimistic books I think I've ever read. It is a stirring reminder of what Americans are capable of doing when they think big, risk failure, and work together."
--Jeffrey Goldberg "The Atlantic "

"Mr. Isaacson's fine new book, The Innovators, is a serial biography of the large number of ingenious scientists and engineers who, you might say, led up to Jobs and his Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak."--Steven Shapin "Wall Street Journal "

"Walter Isaacson is the best possible guide to this storm. He interrupted work on [The Innovators] book to write the standard biography of Steve Jobs, having previously written lives of Einstein, Benjamin Franklin and Kissinger. His approach involves massive research combined with straight, unadorned prose and a matter-of-fact storytelling style. . . . the directness of his approach makes for clarity and pace."--Bryan Appleyard "The Sunday Times "

"Walter Isaacson has written an inspiring book about genius, this time explaining how creativity and success come from collaboration. The Innovators is a fascinating history of the digital revolution, including the critical but often forgotten role women played from the beginning. It offers truly valuable lessons in how to work together to achieve great results."--Sheryl Sandberg

"[Isaacson's] careful, well-organized book, written in lucid prose accessible to even the most science-challenged, is well worth reading for its capable survey of the myriad strands that intertwined to form the brave new, ultra-connected world we live in today."--TheDailyBeast.com

"If you think you know everything about computers, read The Innovators. Surprises await on every page."--Houston Chronicle

"The Innovators . . . does far more than analyze the hardware and software that gave birth to digital revolution - it fully explores the women and men who created the ideas that birthed the gadgets. . . . Isaacson tells stories of vanity and idealism, of greed and sacrifice, and of the kind of profound complexity that lies behind the development of seemingly simple technological improvements. . . . Isaacson is skilled at untangling the tangled strands of memory and documentation and then reweaving them into a coherent tapestry that illustrates how something as complicated and important as the microchip emerged from a series of innovations piggybacking off of one another for decades (centuries, ultimately.) . . . It's a portrait both of a technology, and the culture that nurtured it. That makes it a remarkable book, and an example for other would-be gadget chroniclers to keep readily at hand before getting lost in a labyrinth of ones and zeros - at the expense of the human beings who built the maze in the first place."--Christian Science Monitor

"[A] tour d'horizon of the computer age . . . [The Innovators] presents a deeply comforting, humanistic vision: of how a succession of brilliant individuals, often working together in mutually supportive groups, built on each others' ideas to create a pervasive digital culture in which man and machine live together in amicable symbiosis. . . . a fresh perspective on the birth of the information age."--Financial Times

"Steve Jobs's biographer delivers a fascinating, informative look at the quirky 'collaborative creatures' who invented the computer and Internet."--People

"If anyone in America understands genius, it's Walter Isaacson."--Salon.com --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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Walter Isaacson, the CEO of the Aspen Institute, has been chairman of CNN and editor of Time magazine. He is the author of Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography; and the coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made. He lives in Washington, DC. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting book for those interested in the advance of computer science
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anyone with a real interest in the modern world should put this book on their reading list
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5.0 out of 5 stars thought provoking, particularly for anyone who was involved with computing in the last 50 years
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding history of Computers and the people who made them
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring stories of people who changed the world
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for Computer Historians
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4.0 out of 5 stars How the computer industry was made layer by layer
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