October 10, 1999
W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
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.
“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)
“The most significant business story since the days of Henry Ford... Lewis achieves a novelistic elegance.” — Boston Globe