The Washington Post called this book "impressive" and "meticulously researched," with "much of the drama and suspense of a novel." The New York Times and USA Today found it "definitive." The Seattle Times said Gates "should be required reading for any new hire in the personal computer industry." Since its publication, Gates has been cited by dozens of other books. Now it's finally available for Nook in this 20th Anniversary Edition with a ...
The Washington Post called this book "impressive" and "meticulously researched," with "much of the drama and suspense of a novel." The New York Times and USA Today found it "definitive." The Seattle Times said Gates "should be required reading for any new hire in the personal computer industry." Since its publication, Gates has been cited by dozens of other books. Now it's finally available for Nook in this 20th Anniversary Edition with a provocative new afterword by the authors.
Bill Gates is an American icon, the ultimate revenge of the nerd. The youngest self-made billionaire in history was for many years the most powerful person in the computer industry. His tantrums, his odd rocking tic, and his lavish philanthropy have become the stuff of legend. Gates is the one book that truly illuminates the early years of the man and his company.
In high school he organized computer enterprises for profit. At Harvard he co-wrote Microsoft BASIC, the first commercial personal computer software, then dropped out and made it a global standard. At 25, he offered IBM a program he did not yet own--a program called DOS that would become the essential operating system for more than 100 million personal computers and the foundation of the Gates empire. As Microsoft's dominance extended around the globe, Bill Gates became idolized, hated, and feared.
In this riveting independent biography, veteran computer journalists Stephen Manes and Paul Andrews draw on a dozen sessions with Gates himself and nearly a thousand hours of interviews with his friends, family, employees, and competitors to debunk the myths and paint the definitive picture of the real Bill Gates, "bugs" and all.
Here is the shy but fearless competitor with the guts and brass to try anything once--on a computer, at a negotiation, or on water skis. Here is the cocky 23-year-old who calmly spurned an enormous buyout offer from Ross Perot. Here is the supersalesman who motivated his Smart Guys, fought bitter battles with giant IBM, and locked horns with Apple's Steve Jobs--and usually won.
Here, too, is the workaholic pessimist who presided over Microsoft's meteoric rise while most other personal computer pioneers fell by the wayside. Gates extended his vision of software to art, entertainment, education, and even biotechnology, and made good on much of his promise to put his software "on every desk and in every home."
Gates is a bracing, comprehensive portrait of the microcomputer industry, one of its leading companies, and the man who helped create a world where software is everything.
"Finally, the real book on Microsoft's Gates! ... a potent biography ... a compelling story."
"The most complete and most colorful account yet ... "
"The definitive book on the USA's oddest, richest person ... "
"While this isn't the first book written about Gates, it's by far the best--complete, balanced, insightful, and well-documented."
"A real gem ... The book takes us behind the scenes as Gates uses the power of deftly worded contracts to quickly squeeze out rivals and even finagle his partner.... Manes and Andrews provide insights."
--San Francisco Chronicle
"We should thank our lucky stars for authors Stephen Manes and Paul Andrews. These journalists and personal computer experts have given us a rare and exacting look at America's richest man--who just happens to head the world's largest software company."
--Rocky Mountain News
"A remarkable story of a complex and highly talented individual made all the more interesting because of the close links between Gates's career and the evolution of the computer."
"From now on, this estimable effort will be mandatory reading for whoever writes about Gates.... In documenting the rise of Gates, Manes and Andrews provide a valuable history of the computer and software industries that grew up with him."
--New York Post
"... the best-researched and most-detailed history of desktop computing ever written. It's ostensibly about Billion-Dollar Bill, but Microsoft's history starts with the Altair in 1975 and touches literally every aspect of desktop computing to happen since then.... Gates is an interesting guy, one you have to admire without necessarily wanting to play bridge with him.... He is quintessentially American, and I doubt a better portrait of him will be painted than this one..."
"The book methodically separates the real from the apocryphal. Future writers will thank Manes and Andrews for their reporting ... the bio of record."
"The definitive work ... gets beyond the cliche ... particularly good at providing insights into what sets Mr. Gates apart."
"An impressively detailed chronicle ... Independent and scrupulously documented ... the authors do an outstanding job."
"A hot read ... The best account yet ... The good stuff starts on page one ... "
"An impressive account ... meticulously researched ... Well-written, with much of the drama and suspense of a novel."
"Rich with anecdotes and details that are so painstakingly documented it's hard to imagine a more thorough job ... should be required reading for any new hire in the personal computer industry, especially those who want to understand what has made Microsoft the dominant power it is. Ultimately, Gates is a thorough history of a business that has changed the way we work and play."
Stephen Manes covered the computer industry for more than 25 years as a columnist and contributing editor for The New York Times, Forbes, PC World, PC Magazine, PC/Computing, and PC Sources. He was a co-creator and co-host of public television's weekly series "Digital Duo." Paul Andrews reported on technology for the Seattle Times where he covered Microsoft and wrote a weekly column on computers.