The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story

The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story

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The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story by Michael Lewis, Bruce Reizen

The book that does for Silicon Valley what Liar's Poker did for Wall Street.

In the weird glow of the dying millennium, Michael Lewis sets out on a safari through Silicon Valley to find the world's most important technology entrepreneur, the man who embodies the spirit of the coming age. He finds him in Jim Clark, who is about to create his third, separate, billion-dollar company: first Silicon Graphics, then Netscape--which launched the Information Age--and now Healtheon, a startup that may turn the $1 trillion healthcare industry on its head.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781469244341
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 03/12/2013
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.12(d)

About the Author

Michael Lewis, is the best-selling author of Liar’s Poker, Moneyball, The Blind Side, and Flash Boys. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and three children.

Date of Birth:

October 15, 1960

Place of Birth:

New Orleans, LA


Princeton University, B.A. in Art History, 1982; London School of Economics, 1985

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New New Thing 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The eBook version is $14 and the paperback is $11. What gives? I will NEVER by an eBook version that is more expensive than the physical item. BN should guarantee every NOOK owner that they will ALWAYS pay less for an eBook version. THAT is how you build a loyal customer base and distinguish yourself from the competition.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The New New Thing by Michael Lewis is a non-fiction novel that reads as though it is a fairy tale. Silicon Valley is like the Land of Oz where hopes, dreams and possibilities come true when done through computer technology. It is an accounting of the extraordinary events that occurred in the 1990's in Silicon Valley and how these events began to alter how we communicated with each other, did busines with each other, etc. The author has followed one individual, Jim Clark, who was responsible for these dramatic changes. Lewis' main character is the Wizard of Oz, a Superman, the Pied Piper of Computer Programmers, a Robin Hood of sorts with a dash of Christopher Columbus thrown in for good measure. The New New Thing is excellent reading and as often described on jackets of other novels, 'you won't want to put the book down until you have finished it'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Vision is as vision does! Inspiring! Read this book to open your eyes to what is possible! Great writing by Mr. Lewis. A fascinating chronicle...I learn more and more with each new reading. Let this book inspire you!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Truly, Jim Clarks became the world's most important technology entrepreneur by inventing Netscape, obtaining the magical ingredients and made outstanding recipe for Success. Everyone in life is given the same ingredients required by the recipe but it is up to the individual to spice it up or leave it bland and unrecognized. That recipe was to serve the hungry honorees of the undeveloped and unestablished Silicon Valley, the venture capitalists, engineets of the future...The New New Thing would be an inspiriation to readers seeking Success, by way of their endeavors to make an outstanding mark in life. Jim Clark's life on his paved road to success and accomplishments, acknowledges and offers helful insight on staying focus and being the master of one's fate and captain of one's soul...I found myself often doing a self-assessment, and questioning my ingredients, to help determine what kind of chef I would be. Jim Clark's life is the ideal examples that things often turn out for the better. I truly enjoyed this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jim Clark is a fascinating man. He has the ability to repeatly come up with new ideas. Clark knew Microsoft's power so he continuously came up with new ideas knowing one day his ideas would become 'Bill Gates ideas'. The NEW NEW Thing is a book I would recommend to everyone. Micheal Lewis is a writer who will keep you interested throughout the book. The book also gives you the opportunity to understand the way minds work at Silicon Valley, from the venture capitalist to the engineers who actually make the product.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading about the inner workings of Silicon Valley and Jim Clark in particular. The book is worth a read because of its unique approach - focusing on one individual and his paths to success.
Guest More than 1 year ago
too cheesy...Liar's poker was much better
Guest More than 1 year ago
Michael Lewis has outdone himself with this book, its funnier than Liar's Poker. Well worth reading, just to find out how Silicon Valley works.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Never guessed that a book could be so entertaining. When I returned from Mars, I wanted to figure out how the world works. Because otherwise how am I to adapt to it. So I bought books on key topics such as how the mafia works. You know books by Mario Puzo. This rates in that catagory.Truely sensational!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Healtheon is a perfect example of hype around Jim Clark's name and ignorance of the investment community when it comes to high-tech startups. Keep buying those shares :-)