Accidental Empires

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Accidental Empires
Robert X. Cringely - Accidental Empires.jpeg
Revised edition (1996)
Author Mark Stephens (as Robert X. Cringely)
Country United States
Language English
Subject Computer industry
Publisher Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date
February 1992
Media type Print (Hardcover, Paperback)
Pages 324
ISBN 978-0-201-57032-8
OCLC 24141993
338.4/7004/0979473 20
LC Class 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.[1] 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."[2] Notably, the book was critical of Steve Jobs and Apple, as well as Bill Gates and Microsoft.[3]

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.[4][5]

In February 2012, Cringely wrote on his blog that he will republish the book online, free for all to read.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Lewis, Peter H. (7 August 1992). "Summer books for computer nerds". New York Times. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ Wilmott, Don (31 March 1992). "Cringely makes Silicon Valley shutter with scathing industry history". PC Magazine 11 (6): 7. 
  4. ^ Goodman, Walter (12 June 1996). "Mapping cyberspace in Bay Area garages". New York Times. Retrieved 18 August 2015. 
  5. ^ Reed, Sandy (24 June 1996). "Notes from the legal front: the real Robert X Cringley appears in Infoworld". Infoworld 18 (26): 67. 
  6. ^ Cringely, Robert X. (7 February 2012). "What the Dickens? Accidental Empires Rebooted". I, Cringely. 

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