Revolution in the Valley: The Insanely Great Story of How the Mac Was Made
Publisher: O’Reilly
Price: Paperback from $24.95

‘Revolution in the Valley’ is a collection of anecdotes that describe what was happening at Apple during the development of the original Macintosh computer. Written by Andy Hertzfield, one of the key engineers on the Macintosh team, the stories are presented in chronological order from 1979 and 1985, but they aren’t tied together in a single narrative. Instead the book is more like an edited and neatly presented collection of memories and ephemera, with all sorts of interesting photos and screenshots accompanying the text. This gives the book a very humane and personal feel, and it’s hard to sense the depth of feeling Hertzfield and the other Apple engineers had for the company and the project that they were working on. In between the tension and the arguments there are moments of genius and incredible foresight, and though computer historians may well argue over who invented the graphical user interface and the truly user-friendly personal computer, there’s no question that the Macintosh was the product that brought them together into a package that was economical, powerful, and above all commercially successful.

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

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

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About Neale Monks

Neale Monks has used Macs since 1990, when he was won over by the simplicity of printing from a networked Mac compared to doing the same thing with networked PCs. Since that time he's written for several Macintosh magazines including Macworld and Macformat as well as, InformIT, Peachpit, TidBITs, and the now-defunct AppleLust web site. Besides using Macs to make his living every day of the week, he likes to tinker about with vintage Macs, and a few years back wrote an e-book called 'Buying Used Macs' published through Neale has a degree in zoology and a PhD in palaeontology. He lives in the market town of Berkhamsted on the edge of the Chiltern Hills.

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