• Books

    "I'm out there to clean the plate."
    Richard Ben Cramer, 2005
    THE CODE: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America, by Margaret O'Mara (Penguin Press, 2019)

    The Code

    Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America

    The epic human story of how, out of a small patch of land in Northern California, high tech recreated America in its image, for good and for ill.


    Available at Penguin Press or Amazon.

    Pivotal Tuesdays by Margaret O'Mara

    Pivotal Tuesdays

    Four Elections That Shaped the Twentieth Century

    A story of politics, and a story of a nation and its people. Four pivotal presidential elections of the American century, and the great cultural and political transformations that surrounded them.


    Available at Penn Press or Amazon.


    Cities of Knowledge by Margaret O'Mara

    Cities of Knowledge

    Cold War Science and the Search for the Next Silicon Valley

    How high-tech regions came to be, what the Cold War had to do with it, and how research universities became agents of America's political and economic transformation.


    Available at Princeton University Press or Amazon.

  • Public writing

    "If your aim is to change the world, journalism is a more immediate short-term weapon."
    Tom Stoppard, 1988
    Recent bylines:


    Even Busts Can be Good for Tech, The Information, February 2023


    Why Did We Put So Much Faith in the Crypto Whiz Kid?, The New York Times, November 2022


    The World Tech Made, Foreign Affairs, November/December 2022


    The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley, WIRED, January 2022


    Where Computing Might Go Next, MIT Technology Review, November 2021


    The New York Times (as contributing opinion writer, 2019-2021):


    How Will Jeff Bezos Spend His Billions Now?, February 2021


    Silicon Valley Isn't Over Just Because Tech Companies Are Moving Away, December 2020


    The Social Media Machine Will Rage On, November 2020


    A Brief History of the Taxpayer in Chief, October 2020


    The Conventions Hit Closer to Home This Year, August 2020


    The Last Days of the Tech Emperors?, July 2020


    Don't Be Fooled by Seattle's Police-Free Zone, June 2020


    Twitter Could End the Office as We Know It, May 2020


    The Coronavirus Could Rewrite the Rules for Silicon Valley, April 2020


    America is at War, and There's Only One Enemy, March 2020


    Life in Seattle, America's Coronavirus Capital, March 2020


    Don't Blame the Tech Bros for the Housing Crisis, November 2019


    The Church of Techno-Optimism, September 2019


    Letting the Internet Regulate Itself Was a Good Idea -- In the 1990s. July 2019


    Who Will Survive the Trade War?. June 2019


    Silicon Valley's Old Money, March 2019


    Lyft's IPO is Making the Same Circle of Men Rich, Again, March 2019


    The End of Privacy Began in the 60s, December 2018


    A Warning from Seattle to Amazon's HQ2, November 2018


    Silicon Valley Can't Escape the Business of War, October 2018


    Additional public writing:

    The Limits of Telecommuting, Public Books, November 2020


    Silicon Politics, The Communications of the ACM, December 2020


    Are You Better Off Than You Were Four Years Ago?, AHA Perspectives, November 2020


    On Technology and Urban Transformation, The Metropole, July 2020


    Silicon Valley Can Still Beat China, Bloomberg Businessweek, July 2019


    How Antitrust Laws Can Save Silicon Valley, The Washington Post, July 2019


    The Tech Talent is Rumbling in Silicon Valley, The Los Angeles Times, December 2018


    Winning the Amazon Sweepstakes,The Washington Post, September 2017

    The Other Tech Bubble, The American Prospect, Winter 2016


    The Long Game, in The First Year Project, The Miller Center at the University of Virginia, 2016


    The Future of Work: The Technology Industry is Changing the Rules, Pacific Standard, October 2015

    TR and Trump: Two Very Different People, But There's This One Significant Similarity, History News Network, September 2015

    Don’t Try this at Home, Foreign Policy, September/October 2010


    Not So Fast: Some Presidents Overcome Their Midterm Slump, The Seattle Times, April 2010
    Welfare as We Knew It, Black Past, September 2009


    Amazon Joins the Parade of Tech to the Urban Core, Crosscut, December 2008


    We are Not the ‘Next Silicon Valley’, Crosscut, February 2008


    Seattle’s Transportation Malaise is Nothing Special, Crosscut, January 2008