Title: Revolution in the Valley
Author: Andy Hertzfeld
Page Count/Review Word Count: 303
You might not have heard of Andy Hertzfeld, but you’ve probably heard of the product that he co-created, the Apple Macintosh. Andy was on the team that built the system’s software, and one of the key contributors in the creation of the machine’s new user interface software, which signaled a radical change in the way that machines were designed and used.
Revolution in the Valley, then, is Hertzfeld’s inside story of that exciting time in history when Steve Jobs’ innovation was at its greatest, and what originally began as a website filled with anecdotes eventually evolved in to the book that I have in front of me. It’s a real artifact, one of several books that I own which I just get out and flick through every now and then, just to spend some time with it.
That probably sounds weird, but the fact of the matter is that it’s just so aesthetically pleasing that you won’t want to put it down, from the glossy cover and the unusual size of the pages to the high quality of the photographs that are reproduced inside. It even includes some of the original diagrams that the team made, and it’s a fascinating insight in to how the team of innovators really worked.
Some of Hertzfeld’s personality shines through in his writing too, and he seems like a genuinely nice guy – despite the pivotal role that he played in the development of the personal computer, he’s humble. It makes this a delightful read, particularly if you’re anything like me and you’re interested in computers, and like geeking out on the development of the machines we use today. I’m glad that Macs evolved, though.