Following his (not so good) biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson’s wide arc history of the computer, Information Technology and the Internet, and the people who thought, created and drove the digital revolution. He tells and explores the fascinating personalities such as Vannevar Bush, Alan Turing, John von Neumann, J.C.R. Licklider, Doug Engelbart, Robert Noyce, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, Tim Berners-Lee, and Larry Page, among others.
It read like a well-researched book, and well it might be since Isaacson claimed it took him 10 years to finish it. If there is one thing that I was disappointed in the book it is that the narrative did not cover at all the business side of the computer era, of how the trajectory of IT development took the many companies that we know – the HPs, Microsofts, Apples, Googles, Amazons, IBM, Facebooks – into the financial stratosphere, and turn these companies into money-making behemoths as we know them now. Surely, the development of computers and IT were also largely in part to the these companies leveraging certain business innovations focused on IT.