Quando In Italia Si Facevano I Computer

Autore: Giorgio Garuzzo
Editore: Youcanprint
ISBN: 889321427X
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Grazie alla lungimiranza di Adriano Olivetti negli anni 1950 e 1960 l’Italia sviluppò una propria industria dei grandi computer elettronici, ottenendo eccellenti risultati con la gamma “Elea”, avanzata e competitiva con i concorrenti americani. La scomparsa prematura dei creatori dell’impresa e l’insipienza del mondo imprenditoriale e finanziario italiano pose fine a quella straordinaria intrapresa. Con gli stessi progettisti italiani, General Electric, erede del sogno Olivetti, realizzò in Italia gli elaboratori GE 115 e GE 130, distribuiti in tutto il mondo. L’Autore di questa autobiografia, allora giovane progettista al lavoro nei grandi centri di ricerca di Borgolombardo e Pregnana, descrive azienda, macchine e protagonisti di quel periodo d’oro dell’elettronica informatica italiana. Il testo si pone come la continuazione, ma a ritroso nel tempo, del libro, anch’esso autobiografico, che l’Autore scrisse sulla Fiat degli anni 1976-1996 (“Fiat - I segreti di un’epoca” reperibile come e-book). Usando il medesimo approccio narrativo, non si esime dal toccare anche temi scottanti, denunciando senza remore le debolezze dell’oligarchia finanziaria del Paese che condusse all’abbandono del settore, e delinea i grandi temi socio-economici del tempo, dal “miracolo economico” con l’emigrazione di massa dal sud e dalle montagne, fino all’ “autunno caldo” del 1969. Si spinge fino a valutare quanti guai avrebbero potuto essere risparmiati all’Italia se l’illuminata visione di un capitalismo etico e moderno, come propugnato da Adriano Olivetti, avesse prevalso, invece della miope speculazione di industriali e finanzieri e del parassitismo dirigistico di sindacalisti e politici. Il ciclo storico si conclude idealmente con l’ultimo capitolo che racconta della cessione della telefonia Olivetti, che l’Autore visse nel 1996 da vice-presidente dell’azienda d’Ivrea guidata da Carlo De Benedetti, ormai prossima alla fine.


Autore: Giorgio Garuzzo
Editore: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 3319047833
Grandezza: 77,50 MB
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This book is an authentic historical document, supported by extensive analytical information, in which former Fiat top manager Giorgio Garuzzo passionately recounts his experience within Fiat between 1976 and 1996. It is a narrative from the inside that sheds new light on events that have remained cloaked in mystery: the arrival and departure of Carlo De Benedetti, the “march of the forty thousand”, the sacking of Vittorio Ghidella, the clashes between Umberto Agnelli and Cesare Romiti, the Group’s involvement in the “clean hands” scandal, the role of Gianni Agnelli and his relationships with his brother and Cesare Romiti and the intervention of Mediobanca. Garuzzo discusses the issues connected with the range of cars and marques, touching on major themes of national or international relevance that were unrelated to Fiat but nonetheless conditioned its activities: terrorism and the unmanageability of the factories, inflation, the devaluation of the lira, the role of the trade unions and the General Confederation of Italian Industry, Japanese competition and European integration.

Thieves In The Night

Autore: Arthur Koestler
Editore: A&C Black
ISBN: 1448210003
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Thieves in the Night : Chronicle of an Experiment was written in 1946. Originally intended to be the first of a trilogy, Koestler later concluded that the book stood on its own and plans for further novels made redundant. Based on the author's own experiences in a kibbutz, it sets up a stage in describing the historical roots of the conflict between Arabs and Jewish settlers in the British ruled Palestine. The book tackles many subjects, such as Zionism and idealism. Koestler was Zionist early in life, but later abandoned the idea. The title is a Biblical reference, quoted on the title page: "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night." (2 Peter 3:10)

Siberian Education Growing Up In A Criminal Underworld

Autore: Nicolai Lilin
Editore: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393083224
Grandezza: 12,42 MB
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"Marvelous and Illuminating. . . . Forces us to reassess our notions of good and evil." —Irvine Welsh In a contested, lawless region between Moldova and Ukraine known as Transnistria, a tightly knit group of “honest criminals” live according to strict codes of ritualized respect and fierce loyalty. In a voice utterly compelling and unforgettable, Nicolai Lilin, born and raised within this exotic subculture, tells the story of his moral education outside the bounds of “society” as we know it, where men uphold values with passion—and often by brute force.

On The Edge

Autore: Brian Bagnall
Grandezza: 50,20 MB
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This book tells the story of Commodore through first-hand accounts by former Commodore engineers and managers. Reliving the early years of an icon in the personal computer revolution turns out to be a fascinating and improbably hilarious journey. This gripping tale of ambition, greed, and inspired engineering gives readers a front row seat at the dawn of the personal computer. Engineers and managers relate their experiences through personal first-hand accounts, vividly recalling the most important moments of Commodore's entry into computers in 1976 until its demise in 1994. The Commodore years are tumultuous, owing to their volatile founder, Jack Tramiel. He pushes his team to extreme limits, demanding that they almost kill themselves to meet his lofty expectations. Against all odds, his engineers deliver more color, more character, and more value than either Apple or IBM. While other companies receive more press, Commodore sells more computers. They cut a path of destruction through the competition, knocking out Sinclair, Tandy, Texas Instruments, and Atari and almost mortally wounding Apple. Unfortunately, Tramiel's cut throat tactics also prove to be his undoing. He uses up his managers and employees like disposable ink cartridges, producing the highest employee turnover rate in the industry.

What A Carve Up

Autore: Jonathan Coe
Editore: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141918330
Grandezza: 25,44 MB
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What a Carve Up! - a hilarious 1980s political satire by Jonathan Coe It is the 1980s and the Winshaw family are getting richer and crueller by the year: Newspaper-columnist Hilary gets thousands for telling it like it isn't; Henry's turning hospitals into car parks; Roddy's selling art in return for sex; down on the farm Dorothy's squeezing every last pound from her livestock; Thomas is making a killing on the stock exchange; and Mark is selling arms to dictators. But once their hapless biographer Michael Owen starts investigating the family's trail of greed, corruption and immoral doings, the time growing ripe for the Winshaws to receive their comeuppance. . . This wickedly funny take on life under the Thatcher government was the winner of the 1995 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize 'A sustained feat of humour, suspense and polemic, full of twists and ironies' Hilary Mantel, Sunday Times 'A riveting social satire on the chattering and all-powerful upper classes' Time Out 'Big, hilarious, intricate, furious, moving' Guardian Jonathan Coe's novels are filled with biting social commentary, moving and astute observations of life and hilarious set pieces that have made him one of the most popular writers of his generation. His other titles, The Accidental Woman, A Touch of Love, The Rotters' Club (winner of the Everyman Wodehouse prize), The Closed Circle, The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim, The House of Sleep (winner of the1998 Prix Médicis Étranger), and The Rain Before it Falls, are all available in Penguin paperback.

Good Girls Don T Wear Trousers

Autore: Lara Cardella
Editore: Arcade Publishing
ISBN: 9781559702638
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An international bestseller chronicles the adventures of twelve-year-old Annetta, desperate to get away from her stifling Sicilian village, who is sent away to live with grim relatives, where a shocking truth about her childhood is revealed.

Born To Run

Autore: Bruce Springsteen
Editore: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 150114152X
Grandezza: 35,39 MB
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Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himselfto writing the story of his life, bringing to these pages the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs. He describes growing up Catholic in Freehold, New Jersey, amid the poetry, danger, and darkness that fueled his imagination, leading up to the moment he refers to as The Big Bang: seeing Elvis Presley s debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. He vividly recounts his relentless drive to become a musician, his early days as a bar band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band. With disarming candor, he also tells for the first time the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work. Born to Run will be revelatory for anyone who has ever enjoyed Bruce Springsteen, but this book is much more than a legendary rock star s memoir. This is a book for workers and dreamers, parents and children, lovers and loners, artists, freaks, or anyone who has ever wanted to be baptized in the holy river of rock and roll. Rarely has a performer told his own story with such force and sweep. Like many of his songs ("Thunder Road, "Badlands." "Darkness on the edge of Town. "The River" "Born in the U.S.A." "The Rising, " abd "The Ghost of Tom Joad," to name just a few). Bruce Springsteen s autobiography is written with the lyricism of a singular songwriter and the wisdom of a man who has thought deeply about his experiences.


Autore: Francesco D'Adamo
Editore: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781439106785
Grandezza: 57,59 MB
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When young Iqbal is sold into slavery at a carpet factory, his arrival changes everything for the other overworked and abused chidren there. It is Iqbal who explains to them that despite their master's promises, he plans on keeping them as his slaves indefinetely. But it is also Iqbal who inspires the other children to look to a future free from toil...and is brave enough to show them how to get there. This moving fictionalized account of the real Iqbal Masih is told through the voice of Fatima, a young Pakistani girl whose life is changed by Iqbal's courage.

Palo Alto

Autore: James Franco
Editore: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 0571273173
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Palo Alto is the debut of a powerful new literary voice. Written with an immediacy and sense of place. Palo Alto traces the lives of an extended group of teenagers as they experiment with vices of all kinds, struggle with their families and one another, and succumb to self-destructive, often heartless nihilism. Franco presents his characters in all their raw humanity, while at the same time providing insight into the teenage mind. In the classic American tradition of story-cycles such as Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio, Palo Alto presents a stark, vivid, disturbing, but, above all, compassionate portrait of lives on the rough fringes of youth.