To mark the 10th anniversary of Microsoft’s Xbox, VentureBeat’s lead games writer Dean Takahashi wrote an epic two-part story on the history of the video game console. The articles were a huge hit with VentureBeat readers, but we thought the depth and breadth of Dean’s reporting was worthy of a of a full book.

We’ve combined part one, “How Microsoft unleashed a video game revolution,” and part two, “Microsoft’s journey to the next generation,” into one convenient 53-page Kindle e-book. The final product is an inside look at the popular game console’s journey from conception to launch through today. You can get the $2.99 Kindle book, “Xbox: The Making of a Bad-Ass Machine,” now for your Kindle e-reader or Kindle app of choice.

The narrative is based on recent interviews, as well as Dean’s two earlier books: “Opening the Xbox: Inside Microsoft’s Plan to Unleash an Entertainment Revolution,” published in 2002; and “The Xbox 360 Uncloaked: The real story behind Microsoft’s next generation video game console,” which was published in 2006.

“Xbox: Making of a Bad-Ass Machine” is coming soon to Apple’s iBookstore, for all you iOS lovers. In the meantime, you can read this version of the book in the Kindle app on any iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

Buy the book now.

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