March 1995?

Leonard Herman brings a rare sense of perspective to his compelling history of videogames: Phoenix: The Fall and Rise of Home Videogames (Rolenta Press; Union, NJ) begins with a brief history of computing, then describes the invention of the videogame, by a federal employee in a nuclear research lab in 1958. Herman covers the rise of Atari and includes stories about the people and companies that dominate today's videogames. This insightful book would make a wonderful gift for any videogame buff. -Frank Beacham