Endless Frontier: Vannevar Bush, Engineer of the American Century (1997) and The Essential Writings of Vannevar Bush (2022)
Zachary's biography of Vannevar Bush, published in 1997, remains the only book-length study that situates this American original in the turbulent 20th century. At MIT in the 1920s, Vannevar Bush (1890-1974) was a pioneer computer designer who built what were then the world's most powerful "thinking machines" using electro-mechanical technologies. Bush is best known for his role in Washington during World War II: as an adviser to President Roosevelt, he organizaed the Manhattan project and oversaw the work of 6,000 other civilian scientists designing new weapons. His 1945 report "Science -- The Endless Frontier" spurred the creation of a system of public support for university research that endures to this day. A visionary who antiicpated the personal computer and the Internet, Bush helped give birth to the Information Age. He was the rare American technologist who also mastered the domains of war, national security, politics and innovation.
"Deeply informed and insightful, Zachary has thoroughly captured the spirit of Bush and his times."
-- Thomas P. Hughes, New York Times Book Review
"This fascinating biography, superbly researched, well organized and engagingly written, will probably become the standard work on Bush and remain so for many years to come."
-- Roger Bridgman, The New Scientist magazine
Considered a classic account of the making of a software program, Zachary's "Showstopper" is the second-most influential "creation story" about computing ever written (after Tracey Kidder's "Soul of a New Machine"). Showstopper continues to be read avidly today, having acquired a cult following among the newest generation of software coders.One of the first detailed accounts of the inside of Microsoft, Showstopper remains a classic in the literature of high-tech, a dramatic glimpse at the world of high-stakes software programming. Translated into German, Mandarin, Japanese, and Portuguese.
"Showstopper is a worthwhile read on two levels: it's a compelling tale about the creation of a groundbreaking product, and an allegory about the darker side of the American workplace." -- Newsweek
"Riveting ... the first book to focus on [Microsoft's] employees and culture ..." -- Harvard Business Review
"Gripping ... Zachary has a great eye for detail and the clear prose style needed to explain the arcana of high-tech." -- Fortune magazine
The Diversity Advantage “is a book that deserves to be taken seriously. While management gurus rely on simple assertion to make their claims about corporate fondness for the little guy, Zachary approaches the subject with an enormous amount of research and firsthand reporting. He shows an impressive familiarity with academic postcolonial studies. He visits with members of forgotten ethnic groups in the former Soviet Union. He watches television with people in deepest Borneo. And the book has lofty implications, tacitly claiming for the new market world all of the glory and the righteousness associated with multiculturalism."
-- The New York Times
"Anyone who believes that race and ethnicity determine world views (or that multiracial classification is the enemy of traditional racial politics) will be challenged by Zachary's existential, make-your-own view of identity and his rigorous insistence on the instability of racial and ethnic categories. This ideological eclecticism and the array of sources on which the book draws shows ... itself [as] a hybrid, a work that crosses boundaries and eludes academic classification."
-- Alex Pang in The Atlantic Monthly
-- Michael Tucker, actor and author
"Though the narrative revolves around the couple's negotiation of issues arising from their differing skin colors and cultural bases -- Zachary's depictions of the in-law introductions for each partner are priceless -- it also reveals the author's great affection for Africa. 'In America, life is cloaked in a heavy garment of fear, anxiety and the relentless drive for self-protection,' he writes. 'In Africa, outer armor is stripped away, and people are permitted -- dare I say entitled? -- to experience the rawness of their own solitary human predicament. For reasons I cannot comprehend, in Africa I feel more human than in America.' Zachary's witty tale of opposites attracted provides an illuminating portrait of African and American daily lives."
"What better way to explore -- and cross -- boundaries between cultures than by falling in love? The story of Zachary's romance and marriage is an intriguing and unusual one that sheds light on two continents, as we see each through the eyes of another."
-- Adam Hochschild, author of King Leopold's Ghost
G. Pascal Zachary is one of the leading American writers on sub-Saharan Africa. "Hotel Africa" is a collection of his essays and reporting, drawn from the first decade of the 21st century, a period of extraordinary change in the region. In the words of journalist Max Fisher, now with The New York Times, Zachary is "one of the most insightful and creative thinkers on Africa we have in the West today."
Zachary has made 45 visits to the region since 2000. He is married to Chizo Okon of Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
Says the late Calestous Juma, Kenyan intellectual and Harvard professor, “Zachary’s vivid rewriting of the African narrative demolishes many old-school misconceptions and will change the way Africa’s future is written.”
Says Steve Haggblade, Michigan State University, "In these writings on African politics, economics and development, Zachary challenges conventional stereotypes, often from the back of a motorcycle, while wandering about a rural market, or through recounting the everyday adventures of his newest local friend. He illustrates big ideas with colorful, ordinary Africans and provides a perceptive, yet nuanced portrait of many of the central issues facing Africa today."