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The Soul of a New Machine

Innovation, intrigue, and invention: uncover computer culture's roots

By Tracy Kidder
13-minute read
The Soul of a New Machine by Tracy Kidder

The Soul of a New Machine (1981) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book about one team at the computer company Data General who was determined to put its company back on the map by producing a new superminicomputer. With very few resources and under immense pressure, the team pulls together to produce a completely new kind of computer.

  • Anyone interested in the history of the computer industry
  • Anyone interested in the the birth of the tech start-up working culture
  • Anyone interested in effective (but mean) management techniques

Tracy Kidder is a literary journalist who has won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for The Soul of a New Machine. He attended Harvard University, where he switched his major from political science to English.

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