By James Marcus
The wonderful tale of the 1st 5 years of Amazon.com, mentioned by way of worker quantity 55.
"Americans with a watch cocked towards the markets have been requested to think that Amazon, a two-year-old bookseller, used to be worthy greater than the mixed values of Sears and US Steel."—from Amazonia
James Marcus was once employed as a senior editor at Amazon.com in 1996, giving him a ringside seat for the company's explosive upward push and dismal wallet-busting swoon. Now—as the e-commerce mammoth makes an amazing comeback—he tells all. not like the new 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 recent economic climate juggernaut is predominantly a cultural one. Why, he asks, did Jeff Bezos's brainchild develop into the foremost 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 net breaking extra supplies than it saved? and eventually: 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, exchange exhibits, and company retreats. We spend a freezing vacation season on the warehouse, and a significantly hotter afternoon on the company's summer season picnic—where Bezos himself mans the dunk tank. Amazonia is a piece of infrequent wit and razor-sharp remark, and a superlative advisor to America's misplaced international of the nineties.
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Amazonia: Five Years at the Epicenter of the Dot.Com Juggernaut by James Marcus