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Revised edition (1996)
|Author(s)||Mark Stephens (as Robert X. Cringely)|
|Country||United States of America|
|Publisher||Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Inc.|
|Publication date||February 1992|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover, Paperback)|
|Dewey Decimal||338.4/7004/0979473 20|
|LC Classification||HD9696.C63 U51586 1991|
Accidental Empires: How the Boys of Silicon Valley Make Their Millions, Battle Foreign Competition, and Still Can't Get a Date (1992, 1996), is a book written by Mark Stephens under the pen name Robert X. Cringely about the founding of the personal computer industry and the history of Silicon Valley. The style of the book is informal, and in the first chapter Cringley claims that he is not a historian but an explainer, and that "historians have a harder job because they can be faulted for what is left out; explainers like me can get away with printing only the juicy parts."
The book was revised and republished in 1996, with new material added. A documentary based on the book, called Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires was produced by PBS in 1996, with Cringely as the presenter.
In February 2012, Cringely wrote on his blog that he will republish the book online, free for all to read.
Release details 
- 1991, United States of America, Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Inc ISBN 978-0-441-00652-6, Pub date February 1992 Hardback
- 1993, United States of America, Harper Collins ISBN 978-0-88730-621-1, Pub date February 1993, Paperback
- 1996, United States of America, Harper Collins ISBN 978-0-88730-855-0, Pub date October 23, 1996, Hardback
- 1996, United States of America, Penguin Books Ltd ISBN 978-0-14-025826-4, Pub date April 4, 1996, Paperback
- Cringely, Robert X. (1992). Accidental Empires: How the Boys of Silicon Valley Make Their Millions, Battle Foreign Competition, and Still Can't Get a Date. p. 11.
- Cringely, Robert X. (7 February 2012). "What the Dickens? Accidental Empires Rebooted". I, Cringely.
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