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The code : Silicon Valley and the remaking of America / Margaret O'Mara.

O'Mara, Margaret Pugh, 1970- author. (Author).
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  • ISBN: 9780399562181
  • ISBN: 0399562184
  • Physical Description: 496 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2019.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages [417]-483) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Introduction: The American revolution -- Act one: Start up. Arrivals ; Endless frontier ; Golden State ; Shoot the moon ; Networked ; The money men ; Arrivals ; Boom and bust -- Act two: Product launch. Arrivals ; The Olympics of capitalism ; Power to the people ; The personal machine ; Homebrewed ; Unforgettable ; Risky business -- Act three: Go public. Arrivals ; Storytellers ; California dreaming ; Made in Japan ; Big Brother ; War games ; Built on sand -- Act four: Change the world. Arrivals ; Information means empowerment ; Suits in the Valley ; Magna Carta ; Don't be evil ; Arrivals ; The internet is you ; Software eats the world ; Masters of the universe -- Departure: Into the driverless car.
Summary, etc.: "The epic human story of how, out of a small patch of land in Northern California, high tech re-created America in its image, for good and for ill. Long before Margaret O'Mara became one of our most consequential historians of the American-led digital revolution, she worked in the White House of Bill Clinton and Al Gore in the earliest days of the commercial Internet. There she saw firsthand how deeply intertwined Silicon Valley was with the federal government--and always had been--and how shallow the common understanding of the secrets of the Valley's success actually was. Now, after almost five years of pioneering research, O'Mara has produced the definitive history of Silicon Valley for our time, the story of mavericks and visionaries, but also of powerful institutions creating the framework for innovation, from the Pentagon to Stanford University. It is also a story of a community that started off remarkably homogeneous and tight-knit and stayed that way, and whose belief in its own mythology has deepened into a collective hubris that has led to astonishing triumphs as well as devastating second-order effects. Deploying a wonderfully rich and diverse cast of protagonists, from the justly famous to the unjustly obscure, across four generations of explosive growth in the Valley, from the Forties to the present, O'Mara has wrestled one of the most fateful developments in modern American history into magnificent narrative form. She is on the ground with all of the key tech companies, chronicling the evolution in their offerings through each successive era, and she has a profound fingertip feel for the politics of the sector and its relation to the larger cultural narrative about tech as it has evolved over the years. Perhaps most impressively, O'Mara has penetrated the inner kingdom of tech venture capital firms, the insular and still remarkably old-boy world that became the cockpit of American capitalism and the crucible for bringing technological innovation to market, or not. The transformation of big tech into the engine room of the American economy and the nexus of so many of our hopes and dreams--and, increasingly, our nightmares--can be understood, in Margaret O'Mara's masterful hands, as the story of one California valley. As her majestic history makes clear, its fate is the fate of us all."--Dust jacket.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 May #2
    *Starred Review* In this entertaining and nuauced history of Silicon Valley, O'Mara (Pivotal Tuesdays, 2015)—presidential adviser on technology, documenter and interpreter of the internet, exhaustive researcher and recorder of the digital revolution—looks back over the past several decades to explain how a small group of elite billionaires have come to rule the online world. Spanning four acts (Start Up, Product Launch, Go Public, and Change the World), the text mostly concentrates on the past 40 years and how Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Facebook established domination over the international technology market. O'Mara goes far beyond familiar stories of humble beginnings in garages to trace the roles moneymen, politics, real estate, big business, marketing, Wall Street, the media, and foreign competition have played, as technology spins its way through computers and wires to the internet and laptops to personal media devices and alternative realities. Charismatic leaders and quirky innovators make appearances; problems (sexism, lack of diversity, disregard for users' privacy, security breaches) are addressed, and hopes for the future, including increased responsibility and diversity, are shared. Much of this material has been covered before, but rarely in such detail, let alone with such insightful context. Concerned technology users—which pretty much sums up all of us—will find much of interest here. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Margaret O'Mara is Professor of History at the University of Washington. She writes and teaches about the history of U.S. politics, the growth of the high-tech economy, and the connections between the two, and is the author of Cities of Knowledge and Pivotal Tuesdays. She received her MA/PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and her BA from Northwestern University. Prior to her academic career, she worked in the Clinton White House and served as a contributing researcher at the Brookings Institution. She lives in the Seattle area with her husband Jeff and their two daughters.

Subject: Santa Clara Valley (Santa Clara County, Calif.) > Economic conditions.
Business enterprises > California > Santa Clara Valley (Santa Clara County)
Business enterprises.
Economic history.
California > Santa Clara Valley (Santa Clara County)
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic History.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Computers & Information Technology.
Santa Clara Valley (Santa Clara County, Calif.)
California > Santa Clara Valley (Santa Clara County)

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