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The Soul of a New Machine

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The story of the building of a new computer in the 1970s might, in lesser hands, be a tedious technical affair, but Kidder is a master at bringing his subjects alive (he’s also written about the process of building a house from scratch, equally compelling). Both the machine and the book have soul, and Kidder’s porttaits of the driven engineers are compelling and funny. Don’t take my word for it: it won a Pulitzer Prize.

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The Soul of a New Machine by Tracy Kidder

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award, The Soul of a New Machine was a bestseller on its first publication in 1981. With the touch of an expert thriller writer, Tracy Kidder recounts the feverish efforts of a team of Data General researchers to create a new 32-bit superminicomputer. A compelling account of individual sacrifice and human ingenuity, The Soul of a New Machine endures as the classic chronicle of the computer age and the masterminds behind its technological advances.

Reviews

"A superb book," Robert Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

"All the incredible complexity and chaos and exploitation and loneliness and strange, half-mad beauty of this field are honestly and correctly drawn." The Washington Post

"Kidder has created compelling entertainment. He offers a fast, painless, enjoyable means to an initial understanding of computers, allowing us to understand the complexity of machines we could only marvel at before, and to appreciate the skills of the people who create them." Book World

About the Author

Tracy Kidder graduated from Harvard and studied at the University of Iowa. He has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Award, and many other literary prizes. The author of Mountains Beyond Mountains, My Detachment, Home Town, Old Friends, Among Schoolchildren, House, and The Soul of a New Machine, Kidder lives in Massachusetts and Maine.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

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Tracy Kidder

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9780679602613

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