Swimming Across: A Memoir by Andrew S. Grove

I wanted to read Swimming Across: A Memoir by Andrew S. Grove for a while now. I found out a bit about his story when I read The Intel Trinity and Grove sounded fascinating. I’m glad I’ve read this book because it is interesting. Especially as him, a Jew, survived the Nazi occupation only to have to flee the country under the Communist regime.

I’m writing this review on my laptop that has a small sticker “Intel inside”. His role at Intel was vital and along with Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore, we have to thank them too for our fast and affordable computers.

Swimming Across A Memoir by Andrew S. Grove

He was born András Grof and changed his name to Grove in US because it was the closest way Americans would pronounce his surname. His story begins from childhood, even before the Nazi occupation, when he almost died of scarlet fever. Not all his extended family survived in WW2. After that, during the Russian occupation things got worse.

The story is also a stark reminder of what can happen under a dictatorship, regardless if is far-right or far-left. Both as equally detrimental. For me, some of the things he wrote about, including some jokes, were so clear, but I lived a short while under a communist regime and I remember all the stories I’ve heard about.

As, in the Western world, we deal today with migrants, it was interesting to read about his escape from Hungary. Also it made me remember how Romanians would have fled Romania, literally swimming across the Danube under fire from the Romanian militia and helped by the people on the other side, if they were not hit and killed. Going back to the issue with the migrants. He got help as soon as he crossed to Austria. He got his visa fast, in US he was able to finish his studies. Imagine only how many lives are wasted in migrant camps due to sheer volume and lack of resources. I would definitely recommend this book, it is as relevant as ever.

The Intel Trinity
The Intel Trinity How Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore, and Andy Grove Built the World’s Most Important Company by Michael S. Malone This is a book I would also recommend, it’s very interesting. I gave it 3.5 stars, here is the review.

Swimming Across: A Memoir by Andrew S. Grove

Details about the picture: I’ve used as props a miniature of the Hungarian Parliament, bought as a memento when I’ve been to Budapest. The candle is from Budapest too. Of course, to symbolise him going “across” I’ve decorated a biscuit with the American flag.
My rating: 5/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: Yes
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Year it was published: 2001
Format: ebook
Genre(s): Memoir
Pages: 304

About the author: Andrew Stephen (“Andy”) Grove was born on 2 September 1936. He was a Hungarian-born American businessman, engineer, and author. He was a science pioneer in the semiconductor industry. After escaping from Communist-controlled Hungary at the age of 20 and moved to the United States where he finished his education. He later became CEO of Intel Corporation and helped transform the company into the world’s largest manufacturer of semiconductors.

In 1968, as a result of his work at Intel, and from his books and professional articles, Grove had a considerable influence on the management of modern electronics manufacturing industries worldwide. He has been called the “guy who drove the growth phase” of Silicon Valley. Steve Jobs, when he was considering returning to be Apple’s CEO, called Grove, who was someone he “idolized,” for his personal advice. One source notes that by his accomplishments at Intel alone, he “merits a place alongside the great business leaders of the 20th century.”
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