In the Beginning...Was the Command Line

In the Beginning...Was the Command Line

by Neal Stephenson
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Overview

In the Beginning...Was the Command Line by Neal Stephenson

This is "the Word" -- one man's word, certainly -- about the art (and artifice) of the state of our computer-centric existence. And considering that the "one man" is Neal Stephenson, "the hacker Hemingway" (Newsweek) -- acclaimed novelist, pragmatist, seer, nerd-friendly philosopher, and nationally bestselling author of groundbreaking literary works (Snow Crash, Cryptonomicon, etc., etc.) -- the word is well worth hearing. Mostly well-reasoned examination and partial rant, Stephenson's In the Beginning... was the Command Line is a thoughtful, irreverent, hilarious treatise on the cyber-culture past and present; on operating system tyrannies and downloaded popular revolutions; on the Internet, Disney World, Big Bangs, not to mention the meaning of life itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061832901
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 497,214
File size: 257 KB

About the Author

Neal Stephenson is the author of Reamde, Anathem, and the three-volume historical epic the Baroque Cycle (Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World), as well as Cryptonomicon, The Diamond Age, Snow Crash, and Zodiac. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

Hometown:

Seattle, Washington

Date of Birth:

October 31, 1959

Place of Birth:

Fort Meade, Maryland

Education:

B.A., Boston University, 1981

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In the Beginning...Was the Command Line 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I started reading this book after dinner with no intentions of finishing it that same night. As it ended up, I couldn't put the book down until I had read the whole thing. Laughing out loud at some parts of the book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent read. I am already a Stephenson fan, and I was delighted to read this essay. It covers more than the cover hints at, including social values and world views pertaining to the whole OS battle and society in general. I love the humor, the analogies, and the overall style of this deeply engaging book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great, steaming, meme-laden frontal lobe dump about Operating Systems, GUIs, Morlocks, popular culture, cars, Hole Hawg power drills, and why LINUX is like an Egyptian taxi ride. This extended essay first appeared on the web. It may still be there, free for the reading. But I like the idea of a bound, printed copy; it's easier to carry and lend around.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Neal Stephenson's essay was hilarious and hard for me to put down. I absorbed every bit of it. Definitely a book I will re-read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
...Not the book. The fact that this book is free on Neal's site.