When O'Mara worked in the White House of Bill Clinton and Al Gore, she saw firsthand how deeply intertwined Silicon Valley was with the federal government, and how shallow the common understanding of the secrets of the Valley's success actually was. She tells the story of mavericks and visionaries, but also of powerful institutions creating the framework for innovation. It is a story of a community that started off remarkably homogeneous and tight-knit and stayed that way, and whose belief in its own mythology has deepened into a collective hubris that has led to astonishing triumphs as well as devastating second-order effects. -- adapted from jacket
Physical Description:496 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm print
Includes bibliographical references (pages -483) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction: The American revolution -- Act one: Start up. Arrivals ; Endless frontier ; Golden State ; Shoot the moon ; Networked ; The money men ; Arrivals ; Boom and bust -- Act two: Product launch. Arrivals ; The Olympics of capitalism ; Power to the people ; The personal machine ; Homebrewed ; Unforgettable ; Risky business -- Act three: Go public. Arrivals ; Storytellers ; California dreaming ; Made in Japan ; Big Brother ; War games ; Built on sand -- Act four: Change the world. Arrivals ; Information means empowerment ; Suits in the Valley ; Magna Carta ; Don't be evil ; Arrivals ; The internet is you ; Software eats the world ; Masters of the universe -- Departure: Into the driverless car.