The transistor, world wide web, personal computer, Brooklyn Bridge, index fund, Uber, are just some of the inventions that had major impacts on society.
Here are 14 books that tell the founding stories behind such inventions. Whether you’re looking for inspiration or the back story, I recommend all of these books.
by Michael Riordan, Lillian Hoddeson
The story behind the invention of the transistor, one of the most important inventions that spawned the computer revolution.
by David McCullough
The story behind building the Brooklyn Bridge, at the time world’s longest suspension bridge.
by Tim Berners-Lee
The story behind the invention of the world wide web.
by Walter Isaacson
A biography of Steve Jobs, with stories about the invention of the personal computer, iPod, iPhone, and more.
by Ashlee Vance
A biography of Elon Musk, with stories about the founding of PayPal, SpaceX, and Tesla.
by Mike Isaac
The story of the founding of Uber.
by Michael Lewis
The story of the creation of mortgage-backed securities in 1980s Wall Street.
by Eva S. Moskowitz
The founding story of Success Academy, a network of charter schools in New York City.
by Jimmy Soni
The story of the founding of PayPal.
by Randall Stross
The story of when Steve Jobs left Apple and founded NeXT.
by David Kushner
The founding of id Software, which produced some of the most popular computer games including Doom and Quake.
by Sam Walton, John Huey
The founding story of Wal-Mart.
by Brad Stone
The founding story of Amazon.
by John C. Bogle
The founding story of Vanguard Group, and the invention of the Index Fund.