By James Marcus
The interesting tale of the 1st 5 years of Amazon.com, acknowledged by means of worker quantity 55.
"Americans with a watch cocked towards the markets have been requested to think that Amazon, a two-year-old bookseller, was once worthy greater than the mixed values of Sears and US Steel."—from Amazonia
James Marcus used to be employed as a senior editor at Amazon.com in 1996, giving him a ringside seat for the company's explosive upward thrust and dismal wallet-busting swoon. Now—as the e-commerce titanic makes an striking comeback—he tells all. in contrast to the hot crop of dot.com memoirs, this can be no story of a bankrupt and brokenhearted entrepreneur. Marcus got here aboard as a self-described "token humanist," and his tackle the hot financial system juggernaut is predominantly a cultural one. Why, he asks, did Jeff Bezos's brainchild turn into the main image of web euphoria? How did the corporate swap because it morphed from a miniscule start-up to an international, multibillion-dollar leviathan? was once the internet breaking extra provides than it stored? and at last: What may an editor do to withstand being reworked right into a hyperventilating shill?
In answering those questions, Marcus takes us to conferences, task interviews, alternate indicates, and company retreats. We spend a freezing vacation season on the warehouse, and a significantly hotter afternoon on the company's summer time picnic—where Bezos himself mans the dunk tank. Amazonia is a piece of infrequent wit and razor-sharp commentary, and a superlative consultant to America's misplaced global of the nineties.
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