The Soul of A New Machine

  • Filename: the-soul-of-a-new-machine.
  • ISBN: 9780316204552
  • Release Date: 2011-08-23
  • Number of pages: 293
  • Author: Tracy Kidder
  • Publisher: Back Bay Books



Computers have changed since 1981, when Tracy Kidder memorably recorded the drama, comedy, and excitement of one companys efforts to bring a new microcomputer to market. What has not changed is the feverish pace of the high-tech industry, the go-for-broke approach to business that has caused so many computer companies to win big (or go belly up), and the cult of pursuing mind-bending technological innovations. The Soul of a New Machine is an essential chapter in the history of the machine that revolutionized the world in the twentieth century.

The Soul of A New Machine

  • Filename: the-soul-of-a-new-machine.
  • ISBN: 9780316204552
  • Release Date: 2011-08-23
  • Number of pages: 293
  • Author: Tracy Kidder
  • Publisher: Hachette UK



Computers have changed since 1981, when Tracy Kidder memorably recorded the drama, comedy, and excitement of one companys efforts to bring a new microcomputer to market. What has not changed is the feverish pace of the high-tech industry, the go-for-broke approach to business that has caused so many computer companies to win big (or go belly up), and the cult of pursuing mind-bending technological innovations. The Soul of a New Machine is an essential chapter in the history of the machine that revolutionized the world in the twentieth century.

The soul of a new machine

  • Filename: the-soul-of-a-new-machine.
  • ISBN: 0380599317
  • Release Date: 1982
  • Number of pages: 293
  • Author: Tracy Kidder
  • Publisher: Avon Books



Offers a behind-the-scenes look at the high technology computer industry, observing a crash program to develop a highly complicated machine and the people involved in this competitive business

Dealers of Lightning

  • Filename: dealers-of-lightning.
  • ISBN: 9780061913501
  • Release Date: 2009-05-19
  • Number of pages: 480
  • Author: Michael A. Hiltzik
  • Publisher: Harper Collins



In the bestselling tradition of The Soul of a New Machine, Dealers of Lightning is a fascinating journey of intellectual creation. In the 1970s and '80s, Xerox Corporation brought together a brain-trust of engineering geniuses, a group of computer eccentrics dubbed PARC. This brilliant group created several monumental innovations that triggered a technological revolution, including the first personal computer, the laser printer, and the graphical interface (one of the main precursors of the Internet), only to see these breakthroughs rejected by the corporation. Yet, instead of giving up, these determined inventors turned their ideas into empires that radically altered contemporary life and changed the world. Based on extensive interviews with the scientists, engineers, administrators, and executives who lived the story, this riveting chronicle details PARC's humble beginnings through its triumph as a hothouse for ideas, and shows why Xerox was never able to grasp, and ultimately exploit, the cutting-edge innovations PARC delivered. Dealers of Lightning offers an unprecedented look at the ideas, the inventions, and the individuals that propelled Xerox PARC to the frontier of technohistoiy--and the corporate machinations that almost prevented it from achieving greatness.

Among School Children

  • Filename: among-school-children.
  • ISBN: 9780547524061
  • Release Date: 1989-09-06
  • Number of pages: 340
  • Author: Tracy Kidder
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt



Mrs. Zajac is feisty, funny, and tough. She likes to call herself an "old-lady schoolteacher." (She is thirty-four.) Around Kelly School, she is famous for her discipline: "She is mean, bro," says one of her students. But children love her. And so will the reader of this extraordinarily moving book by the author of House and The Soul of a New Machine. Mrs. Zajac spends her working life "among schoolchildren." To some it might seem a small world, a world of spelling and recess and endless papers to correct. But we soon realize that Mrs. Zajac's classroom is big enough to house much of human nature. Her little room contains a distillate of some of the worst social problems of our time. Some of the children's young lives seem already stunted by physical and emotional deprivation. And some are full of precarious promise. As we come to know these children, we long for their salvation — and we come to understand, as if for the first time, the difference that a good teacher can make in a child's life, and in our society. Among Schoolchildren provides the most realistic account of American education ever written — on every page we encounter the precisely rendered truth for which Tracy Kidder is famous. But this is more than a book about education. It is about one woman's indomitability, about the joy of acting out of conscience and love. At bottom, its subject is nothing less than the struggle between good and evil. In Among Schoolchildren Tracy Kidder has written his most emotionally powerful, most memorable work.

The Soul of a Chef

  • Filename: the-soul-of-a-chef.
  • ISBN: 0141001895
  • Release Date: 2001
  • Number of pages: 370
  • Author: Michael Ruhlman
  • Publisher: Penguin



The journalist-author of The Making of a Chef draws on his own love of good food to journey into the heart of the men and women whose goal is to serve perfect food, drawing on the collective experiences of three talented young chefs to reveal the dreams, goals, and ideas of great chefs. Reprint.

Home Town

  • Filename: home-town.
  • ISBN: 9780671785215
  • Release Date: 2000-05-01
  • Number of pages: 464
  • Author: Tracy Kidder
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster



Explores what life is really like in contemporary small-town America, focusing on the people of Northampton, Massachusetts, to assess how individuals in a community transform a place into a home

The Signal and the Noise Why So Many Predictions Fail But Some Don t

  • Filename: the-signal-and-the-noise-why-so-many-predictions-fail-but-some-don-t.
  • ISBN: 0606368051
  • Release Date: 2015-02-03
  • Number of pages: 560
  • Author: Nate Silver
  • Publisher:



The founder of FiveThirtyEight.com challenges myths about predictions in subjects ranging from the financial market and weather to sports and politics, profiling the world of prediction to explain how to distinguish true signals from hype.

House

  • Filename: house.
  • ISBN: 0618001913
  • Release Date: 1999
  • Number of pages: 341
  • Author: Tracy Kidder
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt



Tracy Kidder takes readers to the heart of the American Dream: the building of a family's first house with all its day-to-day frustrations, crises, tensions, challenges, and triumphs.

Hatching Twitter

  • Filename: hatching-twitter.
  • ISBN: 9781591847083
  • Release Date: 2014
  • Number of pages: 302
  • Author: Nick Bilton
  • Publisher: Penguin



A New York Times bestseller Ev told Jack he had to “chill out” with the deluge of media he was doing. “It’s bad for the company,” Ev said. “It’s sending the wrong message.” Biz sat between them, watching like a spectator at a tennis match. “But I invented Twitter,” Jack said. “No, you didn’t invent Twitter,” Ev replied. “I didn’t invent Twitter either. Neither did Biz. People don’t invent things on the Internet. They simply expand on an idea that already exists.” Despite all the coverage of Twitter’s rise, Nick Bilton of The New York Times is the first journalist to tell the full story—a gripping drama of betrayed friendships and highstakes power struggles. The four founders—Evan Williams, Biz Stone, Jack Dorsey, and Noah Glass—made a dizzyingly fast transition from ordinary engineers to wealthy celebrities. They fought each other bitterly for money, influence, publicity, and control as Twitter grew larger and more powerful. Ultimately they all lost their grip on it. Bilton’s unprecedented access and exhaustive reporting have enabled him to write an intimate portrait of four friends who accidentally changed the world, and what they all learned along the way.

Strength in What Remains

  • Filename: strength-in-what-remains.
  • ISBN: 9781400066216
  • Release Date: 2009
  • Number of pages: 277
  • Author: Tracy Kidder
  • Publisher: Random House



Tracy Kidder, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and author of the bestsellers The Soul of a New Machine, House, and the enduring classic Mountains Beyond Mountains, has been described by the Baltimore Sun as the “master of the non-fiction narrative.” In this new book, Kidder gives us the superb story of a hero for our time. Strength in What Remains is a wonderfully written, inspiring account of one man’s remarkable American journey and of the ordinary people who helped him–a brilliant testament to the power of will and of second chances. Deo arrives in America from Burundi in search of a new life. Having survived a civil war and genocide, plagued by horrific dreams, he lands at JFK airport with two hundred dollars, no English, and no contacts. He ekes out a precarious existence delivering groceries, living in Central Park, and learning English by reading dictionaries in bookstores. Then Deo begins to meet the strangers who will change his life, pointing him eventually in the direction of Columbia University, medical school, and a life devoted to healing. Kidder breaks new ground in telling this unforgettable story as he travels with Deo back over a turbulent life in search of meaning and forgiveness. An extraordinary writer, Tracy Kidder once again shows us what it means to be fully human by telling a story about the heroism inherent in ordinary people, a story about a life based on hope.

Good Prose

  • Filename: good-prose.
  • ISBN: 9781400069750
  • Release Date: 2013
  • Number of pages: 195
  • Author: Tracy Kidder
  • Publisher: Random House Incorporated



The Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning author of House and the editor of Atlantic Monthly share stories from their literary friendship and respective careers, offering insight into writing principles and mechanics that they have identified as elementary to quality prose.

Soul Machine The Invention of the Modern Mind

  • Filename: soul-machine-the-invention-of-the-modern-mind.
  • ISBN: 9780393248692
  • Release Date: 2015-11-02
  • Number of pages: 608
  • Author: George Makari
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company



A brilliant and comprehensive history of the creation of the modern Western mind. Soul Machine takes us back to the origins of modernity, a time when a crisis in religious authority and the scientific revolution led to searching questions about the nature of human inner life. This is the story of how a new concept—the mind—emerged as a potential solution, one that was part soul and part machine, but fully neither. In this groundbreaking work, award-winning historian George Makari shows how writers, philosophers, physicians, and anatomists worked to construct notions of the mind as not an ethereal thing, but a natural one. From the ascent of Oliver Cromwell to the fall of Napoleon, seminal thinkers like Hobbes, Locke, Diderot, and Kant worked alongside often-forgotten brain specialists, physiologists, and alienists in the hopes of mapping the inner world. Conducted in a cauldron of political turmoil, these frequently shocking, always embattled efforts would give rise to psychiatry, mind sciences such as phrenology, and radically new visions of the self. Further, they would be crucial to the establishment of secular ethics and political liberalism. Boldly original, wide-ranging, and brilliantly synthetic, Soul Machine gives us a masterful, new account of the making of the modern Western mind.

Kill Or Capture

  • Filename: kill-or-capture.
  • ISBN: 9780547547893
  • Release Date: 2012
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Author: Daniel Klaidman
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt



Presents an examination of the Obama administration that explores its internal power struggles and the seemingly ambivalent measures considered by the president to redefine national security.

Insanely great

  • Filename: insanely-great.
  • ISBN: 0140291776
  • Release Date: 2000-06-01
  • Number of pages: 328
  • Author: Steven Levy
  • Publisher: Penguin Group USA



The Newsweek technology writer chronicles the rise of the Mac, a machine that revolutionized the computer industry and American society. Original.

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