Revolution in the Valley: The Insanely Great Story of How the Mac Was Made

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There was a time, not too long ago, when the typewriter and notebook ruled, and the computer as an everyday tool was simply a vision. Revolution in the Valley traces this vision back to its earliest roots: the hallways and backrooms of Apple, where the groundbreaking Macintosh computer was born. The book traces the development of the Macintosh, from its inception as an underground skunkworks project in 1979 to its triumphant introduction in 1984 and beyond.

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Overview

There was a time, not too long ago, when the typewriter and notebook ruled, and the computer as an everyday tool was simply a vision. Revolution in the Valley traces this vision back to its earliest roots: the hallways and backrooms of Apple, where the groundbreaking Macintosh computer was born. The book traces the development of the Macintosh, from its inception as an underground skunkworks project in 1979 to its triumphant introduction in 1984 and beyond.

The stories in Revolution in the Valley come on extremely good authority. That's because author Andy Hertzfeld was a core member of the team that built the Macintosh system software, and a key creator of the Mac's radically new user interface software. One of the chosen few who worked with the mercurial Steve Jobs, you might call him the ultimate insider.

When Revolution in the Valley begins, Hertzfeld is working on Apple's first attempt at a low-cost, consumer-oriented computer: the Apple II. He sees that Steve Jobs is luring some of the company's most brilliant innovators to work on a tiny research effort the Macintosh. Hertzfeld manages to make his way onto the Macintosh research team, and the rest is history.

Through lavish illustrations, period photos, and Hertzfeld's vivid first-hand accounts, Revolution in the Valley reveals what it was like to be there at the birth of the personal computer revolution. The story comes to life through the book's portrait of the talented and often eccentric characters who made up the Macintosh team. Now, over 20 years later, millions of people are benefiting from the technical achievements of this determined and brilliant group of people.

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It’s easy to forget how much the Macintosh transformed computing, at the very moment when computing was transforming the world. Andy Hertzfeld was there, as one of the Mac’s first design team members. And he kept notes -- along, apparently, with every scrap of paper, stray floppy disk, and Nerf ball from those heady days. Hertzfeld’s Revolution in the Valley captures this unique place and time brilliantly: Apple and Silicon Valley in the early 1980s, before hackers became clichés and venture capitalists swarmed the land like locusts.

Read it as technical history (how MacPaint evolved, how the original Mac’s chip design came about); or as gossip (what Bill Gates said when accused of ripping off the Mac, why Steve Jobs parks in the handicapped spot); or as cultural history; or as all three. However you read it, you won’t be able to stop. Bill Camarda, from the February 2005 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449316242
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/20/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 1,405,214
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Andy Hertzfeld was a graduate student in computer science at UC Berkeley in January 1978 when he purchased one of the first Apple IIs.He quickly lost interest in grad school as he began writing programs for his Apple II, eventually leading him to join Apple Computer as a systems programmer in August 1979. He joined the Macintosh team in February 1981, and became one of the main authors of the Macintosh system software, including the User Interface Toolbox and many of the original desk accessories. He left Apple in March 1984, and went on to co-found three companies: Radius (1986), General Magic (1990) and Eazel (1999). In 2003, he developed web-based software for collective storytelling that he used to write the stories in this book. In 2005, he joined Google, and was one of the main creators of Google+.

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  • Posted March 25, 2012

    The story of Mac, a great companion to Steve Job's bios

    I bought this book as a companion to fill-in the details for Steve Job's Bio. Turns out it was an interesting read. It provides more detail accounts of the Mac creation days with Andy Hertzfeld's own writing. The writing is ok. I like the short sections, layout and the choice of photos. They made the reading fun (like how I felt when I had my 1st Mac).

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