Chip War

Chip War: The Fight for the World's Most Critical Technology

Computing & Internet , Science, Study & Work, Smart Thinking
Paperback Published on: 31/08/2023
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Chip War
A must read book on current affairs
This is a great book for those looking to learn about one of the most important commodities of our time. It was eye opening to see the geopolitical asp... READ MORE
Michael Morgan
Chip War
Semiconductor Struggle
Chip War’s slightly populist title belies a deeply analytical history of the global semiconductor industry from its invention to the very latest developmen... READ MORE
Richard Hayden in Rye
Chip War
Like Prisoners of Geography? This is for you
It's all down to the semiconductors these days and Miller's writing is electric. Once you start you can't stop thinking about this ongoing fight for compon... READ MORE


Winner of the Financial Times Business Book of the Year Award 2022

Chip War reveals how we can't make sense of politics, economics or technology today without first understanding the central role played by computer chips in shaping the modern world. But the West's lead in this area is under threat. At stake is America's military superiority and the economic prosperity of democratic nations.

Power in the modern world - military, economic, geopolitical - is built on a foundation of computer chips. America has maintained its lead as a superpower because it has dominated advances in computer chips and all the technology that chips have enabled. (Virtually everything runs on chips: cars, phones, the stock market, even the electric grid.) Now that edge is in danger of slipping, undermined by the naive assumption that globalising the chip industry and letting players in Taiwan, Korea and Europe take over manufacturing serves America's interests. Currently, as Chip War reveals, China, which spends more on chips than any other product, is pouring billions into a chip-building Manhattan Project to catch up to the US.

In Chip War economic historian Chris Miller recounts the fascinating sequence of events that led to the United States perfecting chip design, and how faster chips helped defeat the Soviet Union (by rendering the Russians' arsenal of precision-guided weapons obsolete). The battle to control this industry will shape our future. China spends more money importing chips than buying oil, and they are China's greatest external vulnerability as they are fundamentally reliant on foreign chips. But with 37 per cent of the global supply of chips being made in Taiwan, within easy range of Chinese missiles, the West's fear is that a solution may be close at hand.

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781398504127
  • Number of pages: 464
  • Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 28 mm

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Chip War by Chris Miller-Review by Samuel Miller Sunday 22 October 2023
This book tells the story of how the race/fight for the planet's tech started, which countries are involved, and the history of how developments like the m... READ MORE
Samuel Miller
Chip War
Chip War Review By Samuel Miller- Thursday 21 December 2023
This is a good book, if you are interested in technology, specifically modern technology, computers, electric vehicles, smartphones, and all things modern,... READ MORE
Samuel Miller