Meryle Secrest - The Mysterious Affair at Olivetti: IBM, the CIA, and the Cold War Conspiracy to Shut Down Production of the World's First Desktop Computer

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Awarded the 2006 Presidential National Humanities Medal, Secrest has written biographies of some of the 20th century’s most prominent artists and creators, from Modigliani and Dalí to Sondheim, Bernstein, and Schiaparelli. Her new book combines business, technology, and Cold War intrigue to recount the little known story of the first desktop computer. Developed a decade before Apple 1 and IBM's PC5150, Olivetti’s P101 made dramatic inroads in the American market, partly due to the company’s purchase of Connecticut-based Underwood—which the U.S. government tried to stop with an anti-trust suit. Just as that was filed, Olivetti’s head, the socialist Adriano Olivetti, died of a heart attack, soon followed by the death of his lead engineer’s by a mysterious car crash, sparking rumors of CIA and IBM efforts to derail the company. 

 

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The Mysterious Affair at Olivetti: IBM, the CIA, and the Cold War Conspiracy to Shut Down Production of the World's First Desktop Computer Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780451493651
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Published: Knopf - November 5th, 2019

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