Book Review: The Brain Makers

I finally finished H.P. Newquist’s The Brain Makers a few days ago after seeing it on Bill Clementson’s list of Lisp books. Luckily, I found it for a great price ($0.50 plus shipping!) as an Amazon used book.

I really liked this title. Primarily about the “AI Revolution”, the rise and fall of companies selling Lisp Machines and related software in the late 70s and early 80s, it’s probably one of the best histories of Symbolics and LMI that I’ve seen so far.

At times I wish it had been a bit more technical, but I suspect it was written more for people who wanted to see why the *companies* failed, not the merits or problems with the actual *products*.

I remember from years ago, reading a bunch of “Symbolics field support horror stories” on the Net somewhere, but I’m not able to find those anywhere now, nor anything resembling what I remember. Anybody else know what I’m talking about?