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The soul of a new machine
Kidder, Tracy.
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Publication Information:
New York : Modern Library, [1997]

Physical Description:
xii, 384 pages ; 20 cm.
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Series statement from book jacket.

"Originally published in 1981 by Little Brown and Company"--T.p. verso.
Good man in a storm -- How to make a lot of money -- Wars -- Building a team -- Wallach's golden moment -- Midnight programmer -- Flying upside down -- La machine -- Wonderful micromachines -- Workshop -- Case of the missing NAND gate -- Shorter than a season -- Pinball -- Going to the fair -- Last crunch -- Canards -- Dinosaurs.
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QA76.17 .K53 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Describes the efforts of Data General's computer engineers to keep their company competitive in the high-tech world by developing a 32-bit supercomputer.

Author Notes

Tracy Kidder was educated at the University of Iowa and Harvard University. He served in the US Army in Vietnam.

Kidder has garnered numerous literary awards including the Pulitzer Prize in General Non-Fiction and the National Book Award for General Nonfiction both in 1982. He has also been honored with the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, 1990 and the Christopher Award, 1990.

His publications include numerous nonfiction articles and short fiction for The Atlantic and other periodicals. Non-Fiction books include The Road to Yuba City, Doubleday, 1974; The Soul of a New Machine, Atlantic Monthly-Little Brown, 1981 for which he won a Pulitzer and a National Book Award; House, Houghton Mifflin, 1985; Old Friends, Houghton Mifflin, 1993; Home Town, Random House, 1999; Mountains Beyond Mountains, Random House, 2003; My Detachment, Random House, 2005; Strength in What Remains, Random House, 2009.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

Pulitzer Prize winner Kidder's 1981 volume was published when mini-supercomputers were still the stuff of science fiction. How the world has turned. Though technology has grown immeasurably since then, this volume still serves as an interesting history of the machine that conquered the world. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.