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 most recent book is The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America. You can find out more about it and my other work on this website.
Named a Best Book of 2019 by the Financial Times and Publishers Weekly
One of New York Magazine's best books
on Silicon Valley
“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
"The Code is a wise chronicle of the accretion and deployment of power and is especially sharp in tracking the Valley’s evolving relationship to Washington, D.C. By taking the long view, Ms. O’Mara provides us with the ability to see the roots of contemporary problems created by Silicon Valley’s rise.”