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Overdrive: Bill Gates and the Race to Control Cyberspace
Overdrive: Bill Gates and the Race to Control Cyberspace
By James Wallace
John Wiley, 1997, 307 pp.

The author's previous book, Hard Drive (1993), began the story of Bill Gates and Microsoft; it did very well, a fact that the author will not let his readers forget. Nonetheless, this sequel, like its predecessor, gives an exciting and clear account of life at the leviathan of the software industry. The emphasis here, however, is different: how Gates and Microsoft missed out on the significance of the Internet as the dominant force in personal computer use, and what they did to turn the tables on upstart competitors such as Netscape. Hostile Justice Department officials, dissatisfied customers, and determined rivals will not have much success in breaking Microsoft's grip, if this book is to be believed. The complete absence of non-American players in this game is a striking and important fact.