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What the Dormouse Said:
How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry

by John Markoff

ISBN 0143036769 / 9780143036760 / 0-14-303676-9
Publisher Penguin Books
Language English
Edition Softcover
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Most histories of the personal computer industry focus on technology or business. John Markoff's landmark book is about the culture and consciousness behind the first PCs--the culture being counter- and the consciousness expanded, sometimes chemically. It's a brilliant evocation of Stanford, California, in the 1960s and '70s, where a group of visionaries set out to turn computers into a means for freeing minds and information. In these pages one encounters Ken Kesey and the phone hacker Cap'n Crunch, est and LSD, The Whole Earth Catalog and the Homebrew Computer Lab. What the Dormouse Said is a poignant, funny, and inspiring book by one of the smartest technology writers around. [via]