By Peter Bolton
Intercourse, medicines, rock'n'roll...we're speaking a couple of hedonistic tune competition, correct? Nope, now not in line with the narrator of this story. in its place, we are speaking approximately an IT division, within the absurd (yet a bit epic) tale a few software program venture that used to be doomed to be triumphant. Exposing many of the extra ridiculous points of company the US and the insane characters who hang-out its halls, Blowing the Bridge offers the reader a prying peep backstage, at many of the extra comical facets of operating with the extra colourful personalities in know-how. Bitterly humorous all through, it additionally painstakingly recounts the fight of a small staff decided to navigate a direction in the direction of development whatever of excellence, regardless of a mine box of bureaucratic stupidity and the occasional mortar around of tempting prostitutes.
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