[Book Review]: The Soul of a New Machine

The Soul Of A New Machine

The Soul of a New Machine by Tracy Kidder

Published by Back Bay Books
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Way back in 1981, I identified strongly with Tracy Kidder’s description of the intensity of non-stop, passionate, 24×7 product development. The hacker culture, harnessed to corporate product development, predates the many Silicon Valley stories of Netscape or today’s Google. Having gone through a “burn out” process in developing Coherent, this book gave me great perspective that has stuck with me to this day.