Books: Why Microsoft Crashed

Two new books look at how some of the smartest people on the planet bungled a high-stakes lawsuit

When I was covering the Microsoft antitrust trial, the company invited me to have breakfast with its legal team. We covered all the basics: whether Microsoft was a monopoly, whether its actions had caused "consumer harm." But what stuck with me was a remark by a high-level Microsoft executive. He had heard I once worked for a federal judge he knew. The more I tried to focus on the antitrust issues, the more I kept wondering how this man I'd never met summoned up this nugget from my past.

That little mystery is solved in Ken Auletta's absorbing new book, World...

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