Just in time for Christmas, O’Reilly has released Andy Hertzfeld’s Revolution in The Valley, which traces the earliest days of the Mac. Is it the perfect gift for the Apple fanatic in your family? Crazy Apple Rumors Site’s Chet MacGruder reviews.
When I picked up Andy Hertzfeld’s Revolution in The Valley, I was first struck by it’s oblong nature and the presence of a paper “dust jacket.” Upon further inspection, I noticed the dust jacket was covered in writing, much of it intended to promote the book itself.
That’s weird, I thought. I’ve already bought the book and they’re still trying to hock it to me?
Sheesh, what a bunch of hucksters.
Anyway, here’s a smattering of the acclamation the book received. They seem to think it’s important, so maybe you should read it.
A rollicking fun ride! Good for the whole family! A must-read! I couldn’t put it down! It’s great!
– Andy Hertzfeld
Oh, dude! That story? About… about… the Mac and the stuff and… the funny thing that happened with Steve? Oh, man, that was the best! I thought it was just… um… yeah, OK, I didn’t actually read it. But I bet it’s really good.
– Rik Myslewski, MacAddict magazine
I had to read this book for English class. It was this or one of those Harry Potter books and, between you and me, I’ve had enough of that guy. Anyway, here is my report. I liked this book because it was a good book. It was very interesting to read about all the old stuff with the old guys who made the Mac. I also liked the pictures.
– Jessie Dankert, Mr. Allen’s 4th Grade Class
The book has received high critical acclaim, but Hertzfeld’s decision to write the entire book in iambic pentameter left this reviewer cold.
Long-time Apple fans will find much of interest in the book. For example, I found my credit card, which somehow got stuck in there when I bought it.
But who knew that, before he was a vegan, Steve Jobs subsisted entirely on a diet of blood worms and sea monkeys that he ingested by diving into a tank of water and sifting through a fibrous membrane in his mouth?
I certainly didn’t. I found that surprising. Don’t you find that surprising?
Perhaps less surprising is the revelation that Steve Wozniak spent most nights home alone watching reruns of Banacek and drinking Boone’s Farm Strawberry Wine before crying himself to sleep.
These allegations and others must be taken with a grain of salt, however. Hertzfeld’s repeated assertions that he coded the Finder with only his left hand while fending off a pack of vicious dingos with his right tend to force one to think he may be exaggerating.
Now, who ever heard of vicious dingos roaming free in the United States to…
AAAAGH! AAAAGH! DINGOS! RUN! RUN FOR YOUR LIVES! OH, MY GOD! THEIR FANGS ARE SO SHARP! HELP ME! MY HANDS! MY SLENDER YET MANLY HANDS! OOOOOH, NOOOOOO!!!
Why is nothing simple around here?