• The Code by Margaret O'Mara, published by Penguin Press

    I'm a historian of modern America who writes and teaches about the history of the technology industry, American politics, and the connections between the two. My new book is The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America. You can find out more about this book and my other work on this website.


    You also can find me on both Twitter and Instagram @margaretomara. Follow me for book news as well as things I find interesting in tech, politics, and American history, plus occasional photos of my dog.


    Agent: Geri Thoma, Writers House


    Publicist: Sam Mitchell, Penguin Press

  • Praise for The Code

    “How an otherwise unexceptional swath of suburbia came to rule the world is the central question animating “The Code,” Margaret O’Mara’s accessible yet sophisticated chronicle of Silicon Valley. An academic historian blessed with a journalist’s prose, O’Mara focuses less on the actual technology than on the people and policies that ensured its success.”
    New York Times Book Review

    “Puts a gloriously human face on the history of computing in the U.S. . . . extraordinarily comprehensive . . . a must-read for anyone interested in how a one-horse town birthed a revolution that has shifted the course of modern civilization.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • News

    July 14, 2019 · The Code,Speaking
    It was a whirlwind of a week in New York and Washington D.C. for the release of The Code. I'm just thrilled by its reception and by the great conversations I had on TV, radio, and in person. Here's a roundup of some media appearances and published pieces thus far, with links: Letting the...
    June 11, 2019 · The Code
    About six years ago, I set out to write the book that I had been wanting to read ever since I started digging into the history of the technology industry back in the late 1990s: a character-driven narrative, accessible to non-technologists, that wove tech history into the longer sweep of America...
    January 22, 2019 · The Code,Speaking,Conferences
    Now that the book is done (more below!), I’m looking forward to sharing new and related pieces of work with audiences in Seattle and beyond this winter and spring: I’ll be workshopping a paper titled “The Computer Never Forgets,” that explores the 1960s’ Capitol Hill debates around electronic...
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