October 1996

Root Page of Article: Coming Out of the Closedt World, by John Horberg

Excellent Book

Here is my mini-review of The Closed World:

Paul Edwards has done an excellent job of researching and writing this book. He has ferreted out fantastic details of the evolution of computing in a context that will be quite new to most readers.

Edwards includes very interesting accounts of covert military operations and the military's relationships with research universities and corporate America. He also offers highly insightful accounts of the cultural bearings of America from World War II to the present as it relates to U.S. defense strategy, nuclear policy, and how choices in each of those areas affected the creation of computing machines.

The text does get heavy at times, but there is so much there for so many types of audience, I think readers can skim over parts that are not so interesting to them. ^

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