• 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. I'm also a contributing opinion writer at The New York Times. My new 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.


    Learn about my upcoming book events and other news by reading and subscribing to my newsletter.


    You also can find me on both Twitter and Instagram @margaretomara. Follow me for 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)

All Posts