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The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story

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New York Times Bestseller. “A superb book. . . . [Lewis] makes Silicon Valley as thrilling and intelligible as he made Wall Street in his best-selling Liar’s Poker.”—Time
In the weird glow of the dying millennium, Michael Lewis set out on a safari through Silicon Valley to find the world’s most important technology entrepreneur. He found this in Jim Clark, a man whose achievements include the founding of three separate billion-dollar companies. Lewis also found much more, and the result—the best-selling book The New New Thing—is an ingeniously conceived history of the Internet revolution.

From Publishers Weekly

Oct 18, 1999 – While it purports to look at the business world of Silicon Valley through the lens of one man, that one man, Jim Clark, is so domineering that the book is essentially about Clark. No matter: Clark is as successful and interesting an example of Homo siliconus as any writer is likely to find. Lewis (Liar's Poker) has created an absorbing and extremely literate profile of one of America's most successful entrepreneurs. Clark has created three companies--Silicon Graphics, Netscape (now part of America Online) and Healtheon--each valued at more than $1 billion by Wall Street. Lewis was apparently given unlimited access to Clark, a man motivated in equal parts by a love of the technology he helps to create and a desire to prove something to a long list of people whom he believes have done him wrong throughout his life (especially his former colleagues at Silicon Graphics). As Lewis looks at the various roles of venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and programmers and at how these very different mindsets fit together in the anatomy of big deals, he gives readers a sense of how the Valley works. But the heart of the book remains Clark, who simultaneously does everything from supervise the creation of what may be the world's largest sloop to creating his fourth company (currently in the works). Lewis does a good job of putting Clark's accomplishments in context, and if he is too respectful of Clark's privacy (several marriages and children are mentioned but not elaborated on), he provides a detailed look at the professional life of one of the men who have changed the world as we know it.

Customer Reviews

Insightful, entertaining and still amazingly current

This remains the definitive book on Silicon Valley in the dot com era. It tells the improbable story of how a wrong side of the tracks high school dropout from Sweetwater, TX was overwhelmingly responsible for shaping the modern technology economy. The New New Thing is up there with Moneyball and The Big Short as an entertaining, deeply insightful book focused on people most of us have never heard of who were incredibly important.

If into computers or technology, must buy!

Fantastic book. Learned a lot from it.

Quite a study of the mind of an innovator!

It's one of the most interesting business (?) books I've ever read.
Had trouble putting it down.

Quite a study of the mind of an innovator.
Filled with many thought-provoking ways of seeing opportunities.

The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story
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  • $11.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Small Business & Entrepreneurship
  • Published: Oct 17, 1999
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • Seller: W. W. Norton
  • Print Length: 272 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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