Far more than any other label of the moment, the devil of racism has long been Silicon Valley's defining force, and Stephen Pitti argues that ethnic Mexicans - rather than computer programmers - should take center stage in contemporary discussions of the "new West." The Devil in Silicon Valley follows California race relations from the Franciscan missions to the Gold Rush, from the New Almaden mine standoff to the Apple janitorial strike. As the first sustained account of Northern California's Mexican American history, it challenges conventional thinking and tells a fascinating story. This book is counter-history at its best.