Extended Audio Sample

Download Dealers of Lightning: Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Dealers of Lightning: Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age, by Michael Hiltzik
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (249 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Hiltzik Narrator: Forrest Sawyer Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
Coming Soon! We're adding audiobooks daily and hope to make this one available for download very soon. Submit your vote below to let us know you really crave this title!
Vote this up! This audiobook has 0 votes

Dealers of Lightning is the riveting story of the legendary Xerox PARC - a collection of eccentric young inventors brought together by Xerox Corporation at a facility in Palo Alto, California, during the mind-blowing intellectual ferment of the '70s and '80s. Here for the first time is revealed in piercing detail the true story of the extraordinary group that aimed to bring about a technological dawn that would change the world - and succeeded.

Based on extensive interviews with scientists, engineers, administrators, and corporate executives who lived the story, Dealers of Lightning takes the listener on a journey from PARC's beginnings in a dusty, abandoned building at the edge of the Stanford University campus to its triumph as a hothouse of ideas that spawned not only the first personal computer, but the windows-style graphical user interface, the laser printer, much of the indispensable technology of the Internet, and a great deal more. It shows how and why Xerox, despite its willingness to grant PARC unlimited funding and the responsibility for developing breakthroughs to keep the corporation on the cutting edge of office technology, remained forever unable to grasp (and, consequently, exploit) the innovations that PARC delivered, and details the increasing frustration of the original PARC scientists, many of whom would go on to build their fortunes upon the very ideas Xerox so rashly discarded. Download and start listening now!

BK_HARP_000617

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Doug | 2/5/2014

    " Excellent - Xerox really dropped the ball on this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Peter | 1/19/2014

    " I once worked for Xerox so for me this was a must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Justin Delay | 1/8/2014

    " I loved the first 2/3 of this book, fascinating to learn about all of the innovations that started in PARC. The last 1/3 gets pretty hung up in the politics of Xerox, which is a lot less interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nathaniel | 1/8/2014

    " I found this to be an entertaining and informative read. I was a good overview of PARC and the technologies they developed without getting too technical. "

  • > Show All
Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author

Michael Hiltzik is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and author who has covered business, technology, and public policy for the Los Angeles Times for twenty years. In that time he has served as a financial and political writer, an investigative reporter, and a foreign correspondent in Africa and Russia. He currently serves as the Times business columnist. His other books include Colossus, The Plot Against Social Security, Dealers of Lightning, and A Death in Kenya. He received the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for articles exposing corruption in the entertainment industry. Among his other awards for excellence in reporting are the 2004 Gerald Loeb Award for outstanding business commentary and the Silver Gavel from the American Bar Association for outstanding legal reporting. A graduate of Colgate University, he received a master of science degree in journalism from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in 1974. He lives in Southern California with his wife and two children.