New New Thing A Silicon Valley Story

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New New Thing A Silicon Valley Story

by Michael Lewis

W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated | October 10, 1999 | Hardcover

New New Thing A Silicon Valley Story is rated 3.3333 out of 5 by 3.
Despite the variety of his achievements, Clark thinks of himself mainly as the creator of Hyperion, which happens to be a sailboat . . . not just an ordinary yacht, but the world''s largest single-mast vessel, a machine more complex than a 747. Clark claims he will be able to sail it via computer from his desk in San Francisco, and the new code may contain the seeds of his next billion-dollar coup. On the wings of Lewis''s celebrated storytelling, the reader takes the ride of a lifetime through this strange landscape of geeks and billionaires. We get the inside story of the battle between Netscape and Microsoft; we sit in the room as Clark tries to persuade the investment bankers that Healtheon is the next Microsoft; we get queasy as Clark pits his boat against the rage of the North Atlantic in winter. And in every brilliant anecdote and character sketch, Lewis is drawing us a map of markets and free enterprise in the twenty-first century.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 pages

Published: October 10, 1999

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0393048136

ISBN - 13: 9780393048131

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from An outsider's insider view Jim Clark is one of those people whose life creates a very interesting story. However, there are several times during the book (e.g., not knowing about Grace Hopper and his descriptions of programmer types) that it becomes clear that Michael Lewis is still an outsider trying to present an insider view. Overall though, this was a very easy book to read and still provides some insight into the life of a "typical" Silicon Valley billionaire.
Date published: 2000-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great insight into the Valley A unique insight into the inner workings of the companies that drove Silicon Graphics and Netscape.
Date published: 2000-04-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wheee This was a joy ride!
Date published: 1999-11-13

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New New Thing A Silicon Valley Story

by Michael Lewis

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 256 pages

Published: October 10, 1999

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0393048136

ISBN - 13: 9780393048131

From the Publisher

Despite the variety of his achievements, Clark thinks of himself mainly as the creator of Hyperion, which happens to be a sailboat . . . not just an ordinary yacht, but the world''s largest single-mast vessel, a machine more complex than a 747. Clark claims he will be able to sail it via computer from his desk in San Francisco, and the new code may contain the seeds of his next billion-dollar coup. On the wings of Lewis''s celebrated storytelling, the reader takes the ride of a lifetime through this strange landscape of geeks and billionaires. We get the inside story of the battle between Netscape and Microsoft; we sit in the room as Clark tries to persuade the investment bankers that Healtheon is the next Microsoft; we get queasy as Clark pits his boat against the rage of the North Atlantic in winter. And in every brilliant anecdote and character sketch, Lewis is drawing us a map of markets and free enterprise in the twenty-first century.

About the Author

Michael Lewis, the best-selling author of Liar’s Poker, The Money Culture, The New New Thing, Moneyball, The Blind Side, Panic, Home Game, The Big Short, and Boomerang, among other works, lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and three children.

From Our Editors

With an unparalleled contemporary candour, Michael Lewis, author of Liar's Poker, has again immersed readers into a microculture to tell a story that could only happen in the age of technology. The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story tells the story of Jim Clark, the symbolic spirit of the digital entrepreneurs. His company Healtheon has been freshly launched after successful stints with Silicon Graphics and then Netscape. From here, Lewis takes us into the boardrooms and server spaces that keep business moving at a prophetically frenetic pace, laying out a landscape of geeks and billionaires that is the new economy.

Editorial Reviews

“It is a splendid, entirely satisfying book, intelligent and fun and revealing and troubling in the correct proportions, resolutely skeptical but not at all cynical...” — Kurt Andersen (The New York Times Book Review)

“[R]emarkable....Clark proves to be a character as enthralling as any in American fiction or non-fiction....Lewis tells a great story in this book, with prose that ranges from the beautiful to the witty to the breathtaking.” — Fred Moody (Wall Street Journal)

“[A] superb book....[Lewis] makes Silicon Valley as thrilling and intelligible as he made Wall Street in his best-selling .” — Joshua Quittner (Time)

“The most significant business story since the days of Henry Ford... Lewis achieves a novelistic elegance.” — Boston Globe

“Michael Lewis takes readers inside the now-familiar world of Silicon Valley excess, the frantic deal making, the absurdly hyped expectations, the phenomenal wealth. But the 39-year old best-selling author of and brings something genuinely exotic to the mix: near-total access to one of the Valley''s biggest and most enigmatic players.” — Wired "Must Read"