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Author: Cheryl Tsang Narrator: Mary Woods Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2017 ISBN: 9781538484548
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This is a story with all the ingredients of a modern legend, representing nothing less than the proverbial American Dream—writ extra-large. It is a story of hard work, brilliance, and extraordinary commitment, featuring the story’s original cast members, who could not possibly have foreseen the unprecedented success that awaited them: the forging of a technology empire that would change the world forever.

What began as a modest start-up partnership only twenty-five years ago has already surpassed all the giants of contemporary capitalism. How did Microsoft achieve all of this in so short a time? Cheryl Tsang steps inside the famous culture of loyalty, the storied “maniacal work ethic,” and the hardcore world of reckless risk-taking to reveal, once and for all, exactly what makes Microsoft tick.

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  • “If a company’s soul is defined by its employees, Cheryl Tsang’s Microsoft First Generation offers the definitive look at the way one of the world’s top corporations has really been shaped. In straightforward but perceptive profiles, Tsang introduces a dozen key individuals.” Review

  • “These men and women opened up their life stories and shared a wealth of insights and anecdotes that help explain how Microsoft became what it is. Whether you love or hate Microsoft, this audiobook will hold your attention.”


  • “Throughout these fascinating inside scoops, listeners will be continually intrigued by the always crisp narration by Mary Woods, which reveals some of the truth about what it was really like to work for Microsoft in the beginning.” 

    Library Journal

  • “Offering fascinating insights into the ideas and experience of the architects of the world’s biggest business empire, this book introduces twelve of those who created a legacy.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Cheryl Tsang is an award-winning business journalist and fiction writer. She lives in Bellevue, Washington.

About the Narrator

Mary Woods began her career in Washington, DC, where she performed at Ford’s Theater, the Folger Theater, Round House, and Washington Stage Guild. She spent several seasons at New Playwrights’ Theater developing new American plays. She is a veteran narrator of Talking Books for the Library of Congress, and received the Alexander Scourby Narrator of the Year Award for fiction in 1996. Formerly a radio news director, she now hosts a daily local affairs interview program on Catholic Radio, for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. She lives in Albuquerque, where she continues to act on stage and in film. She received her BA at the Catholic University of America in Fine Arts and Drama.