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4.59 out of 54.59 out of 54.59 out of 54.59 out of 54.59 out of 5 4.59 (22 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Hiltzik Narrator: Forrest Sawyer Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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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!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Tildahl | 1/7/2014

    " Great history of PARC in it's glory days, when they invented the GUI, ethernet, and more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan | 1/6/2014

    " Ok, I'm biased because I love the history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Caudill | 1/3/2014

    " One of my favorite books ever. It's amazing what motivated people can do. This is where the real computer age began. A must for anybody who claims to be a computer nerd. I've read it at least 5 times and probably will read it next year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nick | 11/4/2013

    " Awesome look at where a lot of modern computing technology comes from. If the prospect of learning where Ethernet came from sounds exciting, this book is for you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alan | 1/4/2013

    " Excellent adventure of business competition and inspiring history of Xerox PARC. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christina | 11/19/2012

    " I'm not sure if I'm giving this book five stars or if I'm giving the pre-collapse PARC five stars. All I know is that Xerox's corporate bureaucracy killed a beautiful, beautiful thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackquack | 4/19/2012

    " I'm really a lover of these CS history books, especially about interesting times and people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dennis Ross | 4/11/2012

    " Recommended by my good friend Dave Collins. This is an interesting history of a short critical period in the development of the PC. I was only a few miles away in Berkeley and only vaguely aware of what was happening. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 4/8/2012

    " This turned out to be even more interesting than I thought it would be. It is a great dissection of company politics and how great ideas germinate and thrive(or die). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brendan | 2/3/2012

    " I had to read this for a college class and I really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Davis | 7/9/2011

    " Good book on the history of PARC and how it influenced the industry. It was not just a bunch of hippies. There are politics at every organization. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicholas | 10/14/2010

    " Awesome look at where a lot of modern computing technology comes from. If the prospect of learning where Ethernet came from sounds exciting, this book is for you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan | 4/15/2010

    " Ok, I'm biased because I love the history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 3/30/2010

    " 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 Eric | 7/6/2009

    " This turned out to be even more interesting than I thought it would be. It is a great dissection of company politics and how great ideas germinate and thrive(or die). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 8/4/2008

    " Great history of PARC in it's glory days, when they invented the GUI, ethernet, and more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 7/1/2008

    " Surprisingly fascinating book about the birth of the now-ubiquitous personal computer. I don't often call non-fiction "page turners," but this one certainly is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jimmy | 1/2/2008

    " master piece of a standing ovation writer.
    the writer only wrote a couple of books in his lifetime and still secured a Pullitzer! "

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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.

About the Narrator

Forrest Sawyer has had a diverse career, first as one of America’s most respected television journalists, and more recently as an entrepreneur in innovative health care. Mr. Sawyer is today an advisor and board member of Edison Pharmaceuticals and a co-founder of Ampere Life Sciences, a company developing medical and functional foods targeting antioxidant deficiencies. In addition to unique research and development programs, both companies are building innovative communication platforms. As a journalist, Mr. Sawyer has over twenty-four years of experience reporting from around the world. He is a veteran of ABC, CBS, and MSNBC. He has anchored the ABC magazine programs Day One and Turning Point, as well as World News Sunday, and Good Morning America. For a decade Mr. Sawyer was the primary replacement anchor on ABC’s Nightline.