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