What the Dormouse Said How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry

ISBN-10: 0143036769

ISBN-13: 9780143036760

Edition: 2006

Authors: John Markoff

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Most histories of the personal computer industry focus on technology or business. John Markoffs landmark book is about the culture and consciousness behind the first PCsthe culture being counter and the consciousness expanded, sometimes chemically. Its a brilliant evocation of Stanford, California, in the 1960s and 70s, where a group of visionaries set out to turn computers into a means for freeing minds and information. In these pages one encounters Ken Kesey and the phone hacker Capn Crunch, est and LSD, The Whole Earth Catalogand the Homebrew Computer Lab. What the Dormouse Saidis a poignant, funny, and inspiring book by one of the smartest technology writers around. Wonderful . . . [It] makes a mind-blowing case that our current silicon marvels were inspired by the psychedelic-tinged, revolution-minded spirit of the sixties. Its a total turn-on. Steven Levy, author of Hackers
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List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/28/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

John Markoff is Professor of Sociology and History at the University of Pittsburgh.

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