The AMS-PGW mess has been covered many places, and especially well by Michael Cader at Publisher’s Marketplace, but Radio Free PGW has the perhaps the most poignant and personal take on the crisis and PGW’s history, Publisher’s Group West, 1976-2007.
I always liked PGW. I loved their broad list and diversity of publishers.
I saw many pioneering computer book publishers grow up in their stable (including Peachpit, No Starch, The Waite Group, and many more), and appreciated the fact that this west coast outfit was such a significant force in the publishing world at large.
Not to mention that they pretty much always had the best parties.
I hope as many publishers and authors as can escape unscathed. It looks like Avalon already has, per Galleycat, Today in AMS: Avalon Signs with Perseus, but that deal sounds like it was already coming.