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Much of The New New Thing, to be fair, is devoted to the Healtheon story. It's just that Jim Clark doesn't do start-ups the way most people do. "He had ceased to be a businessman", as Lewis puts it, "and become a conceptual artist." After coming up with the basic idea for Healtheon, securing the initial seed money and hiring the people to make it happen, Clark concentrated on the building of Hyperion, a sailboat with a 197-footmast, whose functions are controlled by 25 SGI workstations (a boat that, if he wanted to, Clark could log onto and steer--from anywhere in the world). Keeping up with Clark proves a monumental challenge--"you didn't interact with him", Lewis notes, "so much as hitch a ride on the back of his life"--but one that the author rises to meet with the same frenetic energy and humour of his previous books, Liar's Poker and Trail Fever.
Like those two books, The New New Thing shows how the pursuit of power at its highest levels can lead to the very edges of the surreal, as when Clark tries to fill out an investment profile for a Swiss bank, where he intends to deposit less than .05 percent of his financial assets. When asked to assess his attitude toward financial risk, Clark searches in vain for the category of "people who sought to turn 10 million dollars into one billion in a few months" and finally tells the banker, "I think this is for a different ... person." There have been a lot of profiles of Silicon Valley companies and the way they've revamped the economy in the 1990s--The New New Thing is one of the first books fully to depict the sort of man that has made such companies possible. --Ron Hogan,Amazon.com -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
"May be to Silicon Valley what Pepys's diary was to 1660's London or Twain's Roughing It to the American West of the last century." --Kurt Andersen, The New York Times Book Review (front-page review)-- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .
Like most Silicon Valley ideas, it has a good concept, poorly executed. Horrible writing, poor story-telling make this one of thr worst books I've read in years.Am 31. Juli 2000 veröffentlicht
I read a couple of books each week. The New New Thing : A Silicon Valley Story by Michael Lewis is one of the best books I've read in a long time. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 19. Juli 2000 von Jack Nadelman
Michael Lewis knows a good story when he sees one, and it must have become clear to him early on in the course of his research for this book that Jim Clark is a lot more... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 13. Juli 2000 von Jussi Bjorling
I read this book while on the beach for a week. I found that I could not put it down. Jim Clark is an amazing individual that has created several multi-billion dollar companies in... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 7. Juli 2000 von William Lenherr
I don't take your words kindly when you describe people of other nationalities and colors. I'll make it a point to discourage anyone buying this book or any other wook that you've... Lesen Sie weiter...Am 30. Juni 2000 veröffentlicht
An incredibly interesting read about a truly maniacal guy. Genius? not so sure; does the man have ANY feel for relating to humans?. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 15. Juni 2000 von Michael Walsh
Michael Lewis opens the story on the sophisticated sailboat that many of us would not dare to travel in despite the offer of lucrative stock options in Jim Clark's latest venture. Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 12. Juni 2000 von B.Sudhakar Shenoy
I was a big fan of Lewis's Liar's Poker and was hoping for a similar treatment of the dot-com era ridiculousness. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 11. Juni 2000 veröffentlicht
After speaking with Michael Lewis after a talk he gave in front of the Merrill Lynch Asset Management conference in San Francisco, I can truly understand and cherish this book much... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 7. Juni 2000 von Raymonde B. Wert III