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Exit Strategy Paperback – June 10, 2002

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From Publishers Weekly

Exit Strategy, the much-hyped open source novel by columnist and commentator Douglas Rushkoff (Coercion, Ecstasy Club), is both a moral allegory and a "hypertext labyrinth of references and cross-references" creating a "community riff on our bizarre age." It can be as daunting as it sounds: the tale of a modern Joseph who's caught between the opposite worlds of hackers and venture capitalists sometimes nearly gets buried beneath the footnotes added by readers of the novel's online version, who were told to imagine that the novel had been discovered in the 23rd century ("wedgie: an attack meant to cause pain and embarrassment simultaneously," writes a helpful contemporary reader to future humans).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 375 pages
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press; annotated edition edition (June 10, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887128905
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887128902
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,595,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Douglas Rushkoff is the author of Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now as well as a dozen other bestselling books on media, technology, and culture, including Program or Be Programmed, Media Virus, Life Inc and the novel Ecstasy Club. His latest book, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity, will be published by Penguin/Portfolio in March 2016. He is Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics at CUNY/Queens. He wrote the graphic novels Testament and A.D.D., and made the television documentaries Generation Like, Merchants of Cool, The Persuaders, and Digital Nation. He lives in New York, and lectures about media, society, and economics around the world.

Rushkoff's first book about digital culture, Cyberia, was canceled by Bantam in 1992 because they thought the Internet would be "over" by the time the book came out in 1993. It came out the next year with HarperCollins. When he told his publicist there about listing the book on Amazon, she replied "that sounds great! Is Amazon for the Mac or the PC?"

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Format: Paperback
This is truly a must own book. If you are not familiar with this book, enjoy it, even savior it while you're reading it. This is the type of book that you never want to finish and when you do, you're practically bummed. The storyline is very innovative, the humor sharp and the pacings quick. The bottomline is this book is an excellent read.
I would love to go into particulars about the book but it's kind of a hard one to summarize. I would say that it's almost a cross of The Illuminatus Trilogy and SNOWCRASH. This next comment sounds like a lofty claim, but to me, this book was much better then stephenson's SNOW CRASH.
If you enjoy groundbreaking SCI-FI, I would highly recommend you looking further into this book. I can honestly say that it amazes me that this book never got more fanfare. Critics miss the boat all the time but this book is so good that it should have a grass roots or cult movement that keeps it selling.
Buy a copy, maybe that'll be the start, maybe not but I promise that after you finish reading the book you'll agree.
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So everything is a game? If we don't think it is, if we take it too seriously we are going to end up being bulls or Jamie. But if we play it as a game, we will have fun? Then if we play the game, we have to understand the rules of the game. If we don't know that it is a game, we live in it, do we become "bad" charactors--bulls, or do we become "Jamie"--the painfully concious person? I think Rushkoff is telling the reader to play, engage, and get out. Engage, play, win or lose, get out.
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By A Customer on November 18, 2002
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my god. this one blew me away. amazing i hadn't heard of it through normal review channels. destined to be a cult classic, rips through the end of the 20th century like no other satire. written in a wry witty way, with insight and humor.
weird to say, but it's a warm book about some cold people.
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I first learned about this book through Yahoo! Internet Life, when they still published the darn thing, and they printed a chapter in the magazine from the book along with information on how to contribute. Never got around to creating any footnotes, but I did buy a copy as soon as I remembered it's existence.

Unfortunately, the copy I got at the bookstore was missing some pages. I emailed the author and he responded that it was a known problem, and offered to email me PDFs of the pages I was missing. Preferring a full book, I went back to the bookstore, had them order 5 more copies, and traded when the new ones came.

Enough of that, though. This is a fantastic book that, in the words of another reviewer, may blow your mind. I pick it up and read it again probably once a year or so, and will be searching for it shortly to do so. The manuscript format was genius and perfect for this story.
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