Commodore: A Company on the Edge / Edition 2by Brian Bagnall
Pub. Date: 12/15/2010
Publisher: Variant Press
Filled with first-hand accounts of ambition, greed, and inspired engineering, this history of the personal computer revolution takes readers inside the cutthroat world of Commodore. Before Apple, IBM, or Dell, Commodore was the first computer manufacturer to market its machines to the public, selling an estimated 22 million Commodore 64s. Those halcyon days were tumultuous, however, owing to the expectations and unsparing tactics of founder Jack Tramiel. Engineers and managers with the company between 1976 and 1994 share their memories of the groundbreaking moments, soaring business highs, and stunning employee turnover that came with being on top in the early days of the microcomputer industry. This updated third edition includes additional interviews and first-hand material from major Commodore figures like lead engineer Jeff Porter, engineers Bob Welland, Michael Sinz, Hedley Davis and Electronics Arts founder Trip Hawkins.
- Variant Press
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- Edition description:
- Second edition
- Product dimensions:
- 9.18(w) x 11.34(h) x 1.37(d)
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This review is for the new 2010 edition of the book. The content in this book has roughly doubled in size but the Amiga specific portions of the latter half of the original have been moved to a future follow up release. The new edition is packed with more interviews and history than you can shake a stick at, and treats people like Chuck Peddle with the same reverence and scope that you'd expect from a book on Steve Jobs or Bill Gates. I highly recommend this book to those who want to see the unfiltered story of Commodore's importance to the birth of the home computer industry and fans of retro computers and computing history. Even for those who have never owned a Commodore 64 or VIC-20, this book is written in a way that is entertaining until the end.
I have bought and read both of Brian's books about The Rise and Fall of Commodore Computer company. If he writes another one, I'll buy it also. These were very interesting and informative. Keep up the good work, and I do believe a lot of research went in to writing these books.