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U.S. v. Microsoft
Brinkley, Joel, 1952-2014.
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New York : McGraw-Hill, [2001]

Physical Description:
xv, 349 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Includes indexes.
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-- The United States v. Microsoft is one of the most watched trials of the century. The implications of this battle will affect everything from electronic commerce to network communications.
-- Available just weeks after Judge Jackson issues his final remedy, making this the first book available that contains inside analysis on the implications of the outcome and the overall battle.
-- Complete, unaltered story of the trial told by the most respected newspaper in the world, The New York Times.
-- U.S. v. Microsoft offers readers the inside scoop on this infamous trial -- from fascinating behind-the-scenes information to insightful analysis of the day's events, the ruling, and how the case affects entrepreneurs and capitalism.

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Booklist Review

The "instant" books frequently spawned immediately after the passing of some significant historical event usually consist of hastily compiled interviews and recycled press coverage. Here, though, New York Times reporters Brinkley and Lohr consolidate their impressive two-year coverage of the antitrust case brought by the U.S. against Microsoft. The two provide detailed background on the attorneys for both sides, on Microsoft executives, and especially on Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson. Because of their evenhanded coverage, the reporters had the confidence of principals on both sides and were even able to interview Judge Jackson during the trial, on the condition that his comments not be disclosed until the case was settled. Major accounts as they appeared in the New York Times are inserted chronologically along with penetrating analysis and insightful comment. This, however, is by no means the end of the story. Microsoft has already appealed Judge Jackson's earthshaking decision to split the software giant and the company has unveiled a bold, complicated plan to rewrite the company's business strategy and change the way people view and use the Internet. Nonetheless, Brinkley and Lohr provide the starting point for anyone hoping to consider the future of Microsoft and its role in many of our lives. --David Rouse

Publisher's Weekly Review

The federal government's antitrust lawsuit against the world's best-known software maker created headlines and sound bites all over the world. Journalists Brinkley and Lohr, who covered the case for the New York Times, offer a giant, information-packed survey of the case's ups and downs so far, along with analyses of its prehistory and profiles of the main players and witnesses, among them Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson and the government's star lawyer, David Boies. Six chapters take the controversy from 1995 (when Assistant Attorney General Joel Klein joined the Justice Department and started looking at Microsoft's behavior) to 1998 (when the lawsuit was filed) and up to the present. While the bulk of each chapter consists of reprinted Times articles on the trial, each with the date on which it ran, a new and detailed essay explaining part of the case, often relying on new interviews, opens each chapter and new summaries and explanations are interspersed as well. Seven new paragraphs about AOL and its senior v-p, David Colburn, introduce two articles about his testimony in October 1999. Next comes a short new essay about some lawyers' unfamiliarity with computers, a quick (new) intro to an Apple exec and then a longer (reprinted) article about his testimony. The case itself is currently hanging fire as Bill Gates and his allies appeal Judge Jackson's far-reaching order to break up the company. When it's all over, other writers, media critics, techies and legal experts will no doubt weigh in with more analytical books on the topic. This volume, though necessarily repetitive, will remain an invaluable source for those who want to study the court case and its public reception as it unfolded day by day. (One-day laydown, Aug. 21) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved