Bill Gates (Biography (A & E)) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2000/8/18
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A biography of the man who created Microsoft, from his childhood to his battle in court after being accused of having a monopoly in the computer industry
Since amassing his fortune, Gates has pursued a number of charity activities, donating large amounts of money to various charitable organizations and scientific research programmes through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. His donations have been larger than the gross national product of many small and poor countries.
Since Microsoft's founding, Gates has had primary responsibility for Microsoft's product strategy. He has aggressively broadened the company's range of products, and wherever Microsoft has achieved a dominant position he has vigorously defended it. Gates's role at Microsoft for most of its history has been primarily a management and executive role. However, he was an active software developer in the early years, particularly on the company's programming language products.
Gates has not generally engaged in conspicuous consumption beyond his lavish home, with its gardens and art collection. Gates also rents or leases a home on Mustique, an exclusive island in the Grenadines. He owns a 300 foot yacht named Ice. In contrast, his former associate Paul Allen has used his wealth in perhaps a more typical manner; owning sports teams, vintage airplanes, and multiple residences.
This is a good book that should help the reader learn and understand the remarkable life and success of this man.
While the book is only about 100 pages there is enough information about Gates' roots, his ride to the top of the software industry and his recent battles with the Justice department to give this reader a new look into the man himself.
The author gives you pictures from early childhood to his start with Microsoft in Albuquerque to his work with the Bill Gates Library Foundation. I must admit most of the photos have already been seen, however they're a few new and interesting ones, especially his new house.
I personally liked the way the author put together the story, not running over of boring you with details in any one are. The storyline flows from start to finish. Granted there is a lot more that could have gone into the book, however this one was an excellent read.
You are much better off reading other books on Microsoft and Bill Gates, which go into at least some details on the events of both the company and the man himself. This book was more like a brief news item.
For me it was a waste of money. The only reason I am giving it a one star is because I cannot give it any less.