This is a behind-the-scenes look at Bill Gates' right-hand man - the bombastic and charismatic Steve Ballmer, who was recently named Microsoft's CEO.
'Bad Boy Ballmer' tells the real story of one of the most talked-about figures in Silicon Valley - the man who was with Bill Gates from the beginnings of Microsoft and who has stayed with the company to its present era. Ballmer is known for his ruthless negotiating tactics and for a management style that has earned him the nickname "The Em-balmer".
In a software company that boasts around 400 million users, Ballmer, the grandson of a Russian Czarist soldier and the son of a Swiss immigrant father, rode on Gates' coat-tails to become the president and presently the CEO of Bill Gates' brainchild, Microsoft.
This book provides fresh insights into the longstanding relationship between this odd couple and into the life of the only American to become, by age 40, a decabillionaire while working for somebody else. It tells of a man so shamelessly arrogant that he told reporters "to heck with Janet Reno", so intense and aggressive that he ripped his vocal cords by talking too loud, and so incredibly lucky that after dropping out of Stanford Business School at Bill Gates' pleading, he became the Microsoft wizard's main man.
The book will be of interest to thousands of Microsoft shareholders and other tech investors - as well as those who follow the personalities of Silicon Valley.