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leading up to sprague's first integrated circuit patent in 1962
is nicely dovetailed into the subject of transistors. The nomination of robert sprague to be the undersecretary of the air
Force while his son John, the author of this book, was in the
Navy and their interaction is nicely explained.
The Cold war era and arms race with russia and their relationship to key technological advancements is clarified. it
caused me to imagine how dynamic and important the semiconductor industry must have been. i found myself absorbed
by with the interaction and evolution of sprague family members. i soon became a fan of John L. sprague and his efforts
to make the company successful.
The establishment and evolution of the worcester Plant
in Massachusetts and its contribution to the advancement of
semiconductor technology is covered in detail. sprague's involvement in the U.s. space program is discussed along with
the Moon wafer, which the company developed for the apollo 11 mission time capsule.
i found the element of the labor strike of 1970 very sobering as it was a great example of how these conflicts typically
result in a loss for both sides. The book did an excellent job
explaining the negotiations along with the contributing factors that resulted in the strike. The book has some very interesting and informative data about the various acquisitions
as the company struggled for survival after the strike. i was
not aware of the acquisition by the Penn Central Corporation,
which is well covered, including the interaction of various
key executives. i found very interesting the impact on the city
of North adams as a result of the demise of sprague electric
and the establishment of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary art.
The book concludes with a very pleasant epilogue on robert sprague by author John sprague. i found myself imagining what it must have been like for such an impressive individual on a roller coaster ride. The back of the book contains
useful appendixes, including financial tables, sprague electric's planar process time line, robert sprague and Nuclear
deterrence, and important dates in robert sprague's life.
i enjoyed the book more than i anticipated since it was
such a contrast of ups and downs. it is an easy read, and i
found myself rereading certain parts to make sure i fully
understood what had occurred. i increased my knowledge
of the evolution of certain key technological advances. The
interaction between key employees and their behavior was
extremely interesting. it caused me to evaluate my own
behavior and interaction with the Northwest Lineman College staff and the power industry, and the book will reside in
the campus library for staff and student research. The book
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