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The backstory of classic computers


The Soul of a New Machine (1981)
Tracy Kidder

Fire in the Valley:
The Making of the Personal Computer (1984/2000)
Paul Freiberger & Michael Swaine

The Rise and Fall of Osborne Computer Corporation (1984)
Adam Osborne & John Dvorak

Big Blue:
IBM’s Use and Abuse of Power (1986)
Richard Thomas DeLamarter

Once Upon A Time In ComputerLand:
The Amazing Billion Dollar Tale of Bill Millard’s ComputerLand Empire (1987)
Jonathan Littman

Blue Magic:
The People, Power and Politics Behind the IBM Personal Computer (1988)
James Chposky and Ted Leonsis

Fumbling the Future:
How Xerox Invented, Then Ignored, The First Personal Computer (1988)
Douglas K. Smith & Robert C. Alexander

West of Eden:
The End of Innocence at Apple Computer (1989)
Frank Rose

The Macintosh Way (1990)
Guy Kawasaki

Accidental Empires:
How the Boys of Silicon Valley Make Their Millions, Battle Foreign Competition, and Still Can’t Get a Date (1992)
Robert X. Cringely

Hard Drive:
Bill Gates and Making of the Microsoft Empire (1992)
James Wallace & Jim Erickson

Insanely Great:
The Life and Times of the Macintosh, the Computer that Changed Everything (1994/2000)
Steven Levy

Where the Wizards Stay Up Late:
The Origins of the Internet (1996)
Katie Hafner and Matthew Lyon

Revolution in The Valley:
The Insanely Great Story of How the Mac was Made (2005)
Andy Hertzfeld

iWoz (2006)
Steve Wozniak

Priming the Pump:
How TRS-80 Enthusiasts Helped Spark the PC Revolution (2007)
David Welsh & Theresa Welsh

A Company on the Edge (2010)
Brian Bagnall

Heroes of the Computer Revolution (2010)
Steven Levy

Paul Allen:
Idea Man (2011)
Paul Allen

Steve Jobs (2011)
Walter Isaacson

Atari Inc.:
Business if Fun (2012)
Marty Goldberg & Curt Vendel

The Idea Factory:
Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation
Jon Gertner

The New Apple II User’s Guide (2012)
David Finnigan

How Compaq Ended IBM’s PC Domination and Helped Invest Modern Computing (2013)
Rod Canion

Sophistication & Simplicity:
The Life and Times of the Apple II Computer (2013)
Steven Weyhrich

The Amiga Years (2017)
Brian Bagnall

Racing the Beam:
The Atari Video Computer System (2009)
Nick Montfort & Ian Bogost

The Making of Prince of Persia
Journals 1985-1993 (2011/2020)
Jordan Mechner

Electronic Dreams:
How the 1980s Britain Learned to Love the Computer (2016)
Tom Lean

Break Out:
How the Apple II Launched the PC Gaming Revolution (2017)
David L. Craddock

How Atari 8-Bit Computers Defined a Generation (2017)
Jamie Lendino

The Friendly Orange Glow:
The Untold Story of the PLATO System and the Dawn of Cyberculture (2017)
Brain Dear

The Final Years (2019)
Brian Bagnall

The Rise and Fall and Reinvention of a Global Icon (2019)
James W. Cortada

Sid Meier’s Memoir!:
A Life in Computer Games (2020)
Sid Meier

Not All Fairy Tales Have Happy Endings:
The Rise and Fall of Sierra On-Line (2020)
Ken Williams

Retro Tea Breaks:
In Conversation with Computer and Video Game Pioneers (2020)
Neil Thomas

The Secret History of Mac Gaming (2021)
Richard Moss

The Apple II Age:
How the Computer Became Personal
Laine Nooney

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