9780393048131

The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story

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  • ISBN13:

    9780393048131

  • ISBN10:

    0393048136

  • Edition: 00
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1999-10-17
  • Publisher: W W NORTON

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Summary

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.

Author Biography

Michael Lewis is the author of several books, including the international bestseller Liar's Poker. He has been the American editor of the British weekly The Spectator and a senior editor at The New Republic. Currently a visiting fellow at the University of California-Berkeley, Lewis lives in Berkeley with his wife, Tabitha Soren, and their newborn daughter.

Table of Contents

Preface xv
The Boat That Built Netscape
1(10)
The Accelerated Grimace
11(14)
The Past in a Box
25(10)
Disorganization Man
35(20)
Inventing Jim Clark
55(22)
The Boom and the Mast
77(14)
Throwing Sand in Capitalists' Eyes
91(11)
The Great Brain Quake of August 9, 1995
102(22)
The Home of the Future?
124(9)
God Mode
133(10)
How Chickens Become Pork
143(9)
New New Money
152(17)
Cheese Sandwiches for Breakfast
169(14)
Could Go Either Way
183(18)
At Sea in the Home of the Future
201(17)
Chasing Ghosts
218(16)
The Turning Point
234(13)
The New New Thing
247(13)
The Past outside the Box
260(5)
Epilogue 265(2)
Acknowledgments 267

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