by Mark Nobes, chief editor

This in-depth, hardback book takes you on a journey into the cutthroat world of Commodore. Throughout its 561 pages, the author (Brian Bagnall) discusses the highs and lows of the days when the company were selling Commodore 64's in their millions. You will discover how it was actually Commodore (not Apple) who were the true pioneers of the home computing industry.

There are fascinating, in-depth stories which make for compelling reading. Although the book does feature chapters on the technology behind the C64, thankfully, it isn't too "techie", making it accessible to anyone who simply wants to learn about the history of the ambitious company.

There are 36 chapters in all, starting with a prologue that details the rise of Commodore. Here we travel all the way back to the late 1940's when founder Jack Tramiel was a cook in the US Army.

Although this is obviously a non-fiction book, at times it reads almost like a dramatic, best-selling novel. It's truly fascinating reading and it's also the kind of book that you want to keep going back to.

I can recommend this to anyone remotely interested in the early days of the personal computing market.

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Book Details

Title: Commodore: A Company on the Edge

Author: Brian Bagnell

Publications Date: 1 Feb 2012 (second edition)

Formats: Kindle edition, Hardcover

Print Length: 577 pages

Publisher: Variant Press