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THE FIRST $20 MILLION IS ALWAYS THE HARDEST: A Silicon Valley Novel

Bronson, Po

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ISBN 10: 0679456996 / ISBN 13: 9780679456995
Published by Random House, Inc., New York, N. Y., U.S.A., 1997
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Po Bronson's 1995 BOMBARDIERS dazzled the literary establishment with a stunning debut that skewered greedy Wall Street bond traders and hilariously satirized the inner workings of high finance. Now, in THE FIRST $20 MILLION IS ALWAYS THE HARDEST, Bronson unleashes his furious talent on Silicon Valley, ripping the top off the computer industry, tracking the routes of power, exposing the crisscrossed wiring, and poking fun at its obsolete components. The story reveals the brutal, absurd side of the industry as a young engineer, Andy Caspar, who dreams of becoming a legendary 'ironman'--one of the handful of engineers (like those behind Netscape, Apple, and Intel) whose technological breakthroughs have secured them a place in history, not realizing the extent to which he's caught up in an unseen power struggles between two older men. Fine, in fine, mylar-protected dust jacket. L20/A29. Bookseller Inventory # 8817

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Title: THE FIRST $20 MILLION IS ALWAYS THE HARDEST:...

Publisher: Random House, Inc., New York, N. Y., U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition, First Printing

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When he dazzled the literary establishment in March, 1995 with Bombardiers, a stunning debut novel that skewered greedy Wall Street bond traders and satirized the inner workings of high finance, readers were scrambling to buy futures on Po Bronson's career.

Now, Bronson unleashes his talent (and fury) on Silicon Valley and rips the top off the computer industry, tracking the routes of power, exposing the crisscrossed wiring, and poking fun at its obsolete components.

Lloyd Acheson's firm, Omega Logic, needs a next-generation chip to keep its stock price propped up. Hank Menzinger squandered his research lab's cash reserves in a failed IPO and needs Omega Logic's support to save his institution. But master chip designer Francis Benoit's last chip for Omega was dumbed-down by software, and he's vowed to never let it happen again.

New at the research lab is Andy Caspar, a young engineer who dreams of becoming a legendary "ironman" -- one of the handful of engineers (like those behind Netscape, Apple, and Intel) whose technological breakthroughs have secured them a place in history.

Andy begins work on a new project, not realizing the extent to which he's caught up in the power struggle of the older men. The story reveals the brutal, absurd side of the industry, as Andy pushes forth with his dream but is betrayed at every turn.

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Bronson's last novel, Bombardiers, was wonderful, so it comes as no surprise that his latest novel is just marvelous. What does it take for entrepreneurs to risk everything, develop a product, start a company, and take it public? When social idealism, corporate politics, petty jealousies, money fever--all part of the business landscape in Silicon Valley--meet, the results make for a fun, fast-paced read. And if you're familiar with the culture of Silicon Valley, you'll find yourself asking if this is a novel or a chronicle of the times. Just make sure you clear your calendar before picking up this book--you won't be doing anything else until you finish.

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