The Silicon Boys: And Their Valley of Dreams

The Silicon Boys And Their Valley of Dreams In the best book to date on the subject San Francisco Chronicle prize winning journalist David A Kaplan brings to life the culture and history of Silicon Valley The symbol of high tech genius and in

  • Title: The Silicon Boys: And Their Valley of Dreams
  • Author: David A. Kaplan
  • ISBN: 9780688179069
  • Page: 237
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the best book to date on the subject San Francisco Chronicle , prize winning journalist David A Kaplan brings to life the culture and history of Silicon Valley The symbol of high tech genius and ineffable wealth, a place that competes with Hollywood and Washington in the zeitgeist of success and excess, the Valley is the epicenter of the New Economy Depending on yIn the best book to date on the subject San Francisco Chronicle , prize winning journalist David A Kaplan brings to life the culture and history of Silicon Valley The symbol of high tech genius and ineffable wealth, a place that competes with Hollywood and Washington in the zeitgeist of success and excess, the Valley is the epicenter of the New Economy Depending on yesterday s stock market close, roughly a quartermillion Siliconillionaires live in the Valley And they re building megalo mansions and buying Lamborghinis as fast as they can Combining reportorial insight and biting wit, The Silicon Boys tells the unforgettable story of dreams and greed, ambition and luck, that has become the Valley of the Dollars.

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    1. I've read through this book 3 times - anytime I read a book twice it's a rare event. Some of the stories are a bit unbelievable and sensationalistic but the history of silicon valley and how these tech guys keep inventing and reinventing themselves is great fun. Well done.

    2. Honestly, this was like reading a book by a character from Mean Girls. Snippy, jealous and gossipy. Sure, there are some gee-whiz facts scattered through the stories, but as someone who lived and worked in Silicon Valley and interfaced with a couple of the subjects, I have to say, it's as if the research source was US Magazine. I didn't finish it because my brain became overloaded with 'not reallys' and 'yes but' mental footnotes. It's episodic, so fine fare for an airport or a couple of short f [...]

    3. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end. For anyone interested in the culture of Silcion Valley it is a must read. Yes, as other reviewers pointed out it jumps around quite a bit. Both in terms of pace and interest. However, taken as a whole it provides exciting stories of busines, personal flare, finance, and technology. A good read for anyone with at least a vague interest in the subject matter.

    4. The best book I've read on the history of Silicon Valley. Though a bit of a period piece (it was published in 1999), its history of the early days of the Valley -- from the founding of HP, Shockley etc -- is great.

    5. Great recap of the early history of the valley, recommended. Would love something like this of more current events.

    6. Best account on the history of the high tech industry, especially the early days of the micro chip through the VC created dot-com craziness and how successful start-ups are made.

    7. Also pretty decent, good overview of the major players at the start of the tech boom. Covers the start of the computing revolution and the start of the internet boom.

    8. This is one of the first things I read when I arrived in Silicon Valley. It was a very efficient way to orient myself, and entertaining as well!

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