"It was a different game now. Clearly the machine no longer belonged to its makers": First Edition of The Soul of a New Machine; Signed by Tracy Kidder

  • The Soul of a New Machine.

The Soul of a New Machine.


Item Number: 78911

Boston: Atlantic, Little, Brown and Company, 1981.

First edition of Kidder’s second book. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Tracy Kidder on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a few small closed tears. Jacket design by Peter deAngeli. A nice example.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award, The Soul of a New Machine was a bestseller on its first publication in 1981. With the touch of an expert thriller writer, Tracy Kidder recounts the feverish efforts of a team of Data General researchers to create a new 32-bit superminicomputer. A compelling account of individual sacrifice and human ingenuity, The Soul of a New Machine endures as the classic chronicle of the computer age and the masterminds behind its technological advances."A superb book," said Robert Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. The Washington Post Book World said, "Kidder has created compelling entertainment. He offers a fast, painless, enjoyable means to an initial understanding of computers, allowing us to understand the complexity of machines we could only marvel at before, and to appreciate the skills of the people who create them."

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