ATG Book of the Week: The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

by | Oct 21, 2013 | 0 comments

everything store - www.goodreads.comTitle: The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
Author: Brad Stone
Hardcover: ISBN: 9780316219266; $28.00 US/$31.00 CAN
Other Formats: Electronic Book, Audiobook
Imprint: New York, NY: Little Brown and Co., 2013.

 

 “…Amazon.com started off delivering books through the mail. But its visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn’t content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become the everything store, offering limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices. To do so, he developed a corporate culture of relentless ambition and secrecy that’s never been cracked. Until now. Brad Stone enjoyed unprecedented access to current and former Amazon employees and Bezos family members, giving readers the first in-depth, fly-on-the-wall account of life at Amazon. Compared to tech’s other elite innovators–Jobs, Gates, Zuckerberg–Bezos is a private man. But he stands out for his restless pursuit of new markets, leading Amazon into risky new ventures like the Kindle and cloud computing, and transforming retail in the same way Henry Ford revolutionized manufacturing…”

Reviews

Stone’s vivid profiles and lucid analyses of business dynamics make for an entertaining, insightful, behind-the-scenes account of the e-commerce revolution. — Publishers Weekly

It might not be an “authorized” account, technically, but the book clearly benefits from the access — providing a comprehensive explanation of Amazon’s history and culture, documenting its journey from a rental house in Bellevue, Wash., to the company’s massive urban campus in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. It’s a startup story, first and foremost, including Amazon’s early struggles to build and manage what became a massive e-commerce and distribution empire.  — Geekwire

“Jeff Bezos is one of the most visionary, focused, and tenacious innovators of our era, and like Steve Jobs he transforms and invents industries. Brad Stone captures his passion and brilliance in this well-reported and compelling narrative.” — Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs

The Everything Store is a revelatory read for everyone–those selling and those sold to–who wants to understand the dynamics of the new digital economy. If you’ve ever one-clicked a purchase, you must read this book.” — Steven Levy, author of Hackers and In the Plex

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