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I receive questions from readers, "what are my favorite Silicon Valley research books that I use?" Yes there are many, my favorites that I return and my top two books for basic information:
My number one Favorite Silicon Valley book is The Making of Silicon Valley: A One Hundred Year Renaissance by John McLauglin which I use for history research and stories. It was published by the Santa Clara Valley Historical Association in 1996. This is definitely a book to keep on your coffee table that your family and friends will enjoy browsing the pictures and reading about the familiar companies we all know. The book shows the stages of development from the establishment of Stanford University to the present technological powerhouse. Over 70 technology company histories run chronologically throughout. I even have the VHS tape that was narrated by Walter Chronkite from 1998.
My second favorite book of Silicon Valley is Silicon Boys: And Their Valley of Dreams by David A. Kaplan. This book has intriguing local personal stories of the founders of Valley startups. Do you know of the comparisons between the millionaires of Silicon Valley in Northern California and the glamorous Hollywood of Southern California?
Both of these are excellent reference books to keep near whether you are thinking about starting a business or interested in the history of this electronic, technology era.
And, don't forget if you are traveling into Silicon Valley, about our at-a-glance Silicon Valley E-Guide to print and take with you.
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