Commodore: A Company on the Edge / Edition 2

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Overview

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 second edition includes additional interviews and first-hand material from major Commodore figures like marketing guru Kit Spencer, chip designer Bill Mensch, and Commodore co-founder Manfred Kapp.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780973864960
  • Publisher: Variant Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/2010
  • Edition description: Second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 548
  • Sales rank: 706,955
  • Product dimensions: 9.18 (w) x 11.34 (h) x 1.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Bagnall is the author of numerous computer titles, including Core LEGO Mindstorms, On the Edge, and Maximum LEGO NXT. He is also a frequent contributor to Old-Computers.com, an online museum dedicated to recording and preserving computer history. He lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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  • Posted December 29, 2010

    New edition shares the untold story of Commodore in great and captivating detail!

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2011

    Great book, very informative!

    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.

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