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Dealers of Lightning

Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age

Michael A. Hiltzik

Discover the untold story of the inventors at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) who paved the way for today's indispensable technology. In Dealers of Lightning, renowned Los Angeles Times reporter, Michael Hiltzik, delves into the forces and faces behind the revolution that saw the creation of the first personal computer, Internet and user-friendly word-processing programs. Hiltzik reveals how the group was given complete freedom from deadlines and directives at Xerox headquarters, which led to a steady output of amazing technology. Despite failing to utilize the technology produced by the group, Xerox managed to produce one successful invention, the laser printer, which earned the company billions. Featuring interviews with engineers, executives, and scientists involved in the Xerox PARC this book chronicles an amazing era of egos, ideas, and inventions at the dawn of the computer age.
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Below are my favorite books and articles about the history of computing and Silicon Valley.      fuente
My favorite books for understanding the history of Silicon Valley: Troublemakers by Berlin The new new thing by Lewis Dealers of lightning by Hitzik Hackers by Levy Would love to hear any other recommendations. Haven’t read a great one about Intel or HP      fuente
Some of my favorite books are on unique times in history when a group of incredibly talented people came together to build: - American Prometheus (Manhattan Project) - Dealers of Lightning (Xerox PARC) - The Idea Factory (Bell Labs) - Masters of Doom (id Software) - Skunk Works      fuente