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Reading Allowed: Margaret O'Mara- The Code
WhenMonday, Jul 15, 2019, 6 – 8 p.m.
WhereUniversity Book Store
4326 University Way NE
Event typesLectures/Seminars
Event sponsorsUniversity Book Store

Discussion and Book Signing

Long before Margaret O'Mara became one of our most consequential historians of the American-led digital revolution, she worked in the White House of Bill Clinton and Al Gore in the earliest days of the commercial Internet. There she saw firsthand how deeply intertwined Silicon Valley was with the federal government, and how shallow the common understanding of the Valleys success actually was. Now, after years of in-depth research, O'Mara has produced the definitive history of Silicon Valley for our time. THE CODE: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America is a complete tour of the foundation of the digital age. Beginning with Silicon Valleys initial boom in the postwar era at the hands of academic administrators and eccentric trust-funders, and up through Steve Jobs private memorial service, O/'Mara peels back the surprising stories behind the characters at the center of the technology revolution.

But THE CODE is not only a tale of the mavericks and visionaries of the tech boom. O'Mara also reveals how government contracts and defense spending played an enormous role in building Silicon Valley, and how powerful institutions like the Pentagon and Stanford University created a framework for innovation that allowed entrepreneurial juggernauts to rise. The transformation of big tech into the engine room of the American economy and the nexus of so many of our hopes and dreams—and, increasingly, our nightmares—can be understood in O'Mara's masterful hands. As her lucid writing makes clear, the fate of this patch of land in Northern California is the fate of us all.…
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