One of Chandra's top ten computer books, as shared with the Guardian:
The Soul of a New Machine by Tracy KidderRead about the other entries on the list.
More than 30 years old, but still unsurpassed as a description of working programmers and the problems they tackle. Kidder watched the engineers and programmers at the Data General Corporation build a new minicomputer in just a year; the "veterans" on the project were 35-year-olds who hired fresh college graduates willing to sacrifice themselves to make the machine work. This story of epic effort, technical idealism and management cynicism is repeated in many a startup today.
The Soul of a New Machine is one of William Rosen's five best books about inventions.