by G. Pascal Zachary
Showstopper! tells the story of Windows NT, from conception until the first version was shipped. It follows the lives of a number of developers, although the main character is David Cutler, NT's brilliant but cantankerous architect. Showstopper! succeeds as a story about the dynamics of a group of people working on a large and difficult software project; at this level it's actually quite a bit more interesting than I thought it would be. However, it fails technically -- Zachary doesn't appear to understand operating systems very well, and uses silly analogies and comparisons to explain them. Still, it's a good read.
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