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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
In his compelling book Foot Soldier in the Fourth Industrial Revolution: A Memoir, Jeffrey Cooper recounts personal and professional experiences, offering a behind-the-scenes look into the collective work that went into creating today’s advanced, disruptive technologies. Cooper was born in Japan where his father was stationed during the Korean War. The family returned to America shortly after. In 1975, he graduated from college and began working for General Electric as a computer operator. He worked in different capacities in various companies, finally working for ASML. At the time of his retirement from the company, their work had become vital in sustaining Moore’s Law which is fundamental to the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Jeffrey Cooper’s meticulous work offers the reader a comprehensive chronology of the years leading up to the fourth industrial revolution. The work adeptly maintains a balance between his experiences as a contributor to the development of cutting-edge technologies and his personal life. He covers his family life and relationships courageously and includes the important, useful lessons he has learned along the way. The book offers a realistic, open view of his career life, the pressure involved in working in the technology industry, and the many ups and downs he faced. It includes clear photos of the places and people mentioned which complement the text. Foot Soldier in the Fourth Industrial Revolution is an intricate, heartfelt memoir that covers one man’s eye-opening journey to overcoming challenges while remaining committed to technological advancement. Readers will find the work educative and impactful.