A book by Tracy Kidder, which tells the story of the development of the Data General "Eagle" computer, designed to compete in the new 32-bit supermini class of minicomputers. The Eagle was a response the VAX 11/780, the main competitor in the 32-bit supermini class.

In any case, the book shows us a compelling view of a modern industrial research laboratory and the people who populate them. If you use a computer, you need to read this book. It details the incredible intellectual effort that goes into creating a new microprocessor, and does so in fine literary style.

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