Revolution in the Valley
By Andy Hertzfeld

(O'Reilly, 291 pages)

Subtitled "The Insanely Great Story of How the Mac Was Made," Revolution in the Valley goes to great lengths to put a human face on the team of geeks that invented the Macintosh. And, as Hertzfeld himself was one of the key members of that team, that task shouldn't be very hard. However, it's a little tough when you're an insider attempting to describe the personalities and weird psychologies of a group of 20-somethings who essentially changed the world – remember, kids, Apple had sold nearly a quarter-million Macs before Windows 1.01 hit the market. Revolution suffers greatly from an overabundance of tech-speak, but occasional eye-glazing passages don't derail the generally admirable job Hertzfeld does highlighting the team members' idiosyncrasies as well as the often-schizophrenic environment at Apple in the '80s.

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