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The Boy Kings: A Journey into the Heart of the Social Network Hardcover – June 26, 2012

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“In her dark, hypnotic memoir of working at Facebook during its rising years, Katherine Losse tests Mark Zuckerberg’s dogmatic belief in transparency’s inherent good by removing the privacy controls on his own life. The result is a reluctantly Machiavellian guidebook to Silicon Valley — and a strong endorsement for maintaining a separate social life rather than a fully public “pics or it didn’t happen” one." --The Daily

"The Boy Kings needs a place on your summer reading list. Losse made me think twice about how I socialize with people, and how exactly that came to be--and it just might encourage you to hop offline and appreciate non-virtual reality." --Glamour

About the Author

Katherine Losse was born in Phoenix, Arizona, and holds a master’s degree in English from Johns Hopkins University. She lives in Marfa, Texas.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press (June 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451668252
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451668254
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #949,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Aphasia17 on July 9, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
The media attempted to show this book as a tell-all about the culture of working for Facebook (which it does, to an extent) and seeing what really drives Mark Zuckerberg and makes him tick (which it doesn't). First and foremost, this book is about the adventures of Kate Losse and her journey up the ladder of Facebook, a story made all the more remarkable considering the male-dominated culture she worked in.

Losse takes us on a ride that begins with a Johns Hopkins graduate joining Facebook's customer-support team, through to her promotion to the Internationalization team, and shooting all the way up to being Zuckerberg's official ghostwriter. The story goes back and forth between reading like a description of her work culture and reading like a lengthy diary entry, as she goes from stories of AIM chats (using AIM at work was a requirement) and long hours into the night (as the engineers were often required when writing algorithms) to parties in Las Vegas and annual trips to the Coachella music festival.

Although the book is extremely well written, it is not particularly memorable and at times Losse's thoughts, although thought-provoking, become repetitive as she constantly questions whether Facebook is really bringing people together or turning the world into one big virtual reality. If you've seen the movie "The Social Network", then very little of the information presented here - about Facebook's work culture as well as Zuckerberg himself - will come as a surprise. That is the main criticism I have for the book - you don't learn much that you didn't already know or could guess at. The culture is very much like a frat house, with the guys often playing games like chess and beer-pong and sometimes sending erotic messages (usually in fun, but not always) to the female workers.
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41 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Helene Ossipov on July 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a thoughtful book about technology, our fetishization of it, and what that can mean in the long run. Clearly written by a person well-grounded in the humanities, this book explores the explosive growth of Facebook with its need for data and more data. The engineers are given free rein to come up with applications, such as photo and video, but never question why they are doing it or what the moral or ethical implications of it are. Users gleefully give over their private data to a company, they live their lives online and in public, but think little of it. Ms. Losse gives an example early on: at a party, she posed covered in a bearskin, doubled over with laughter as Mr. Zuckerberg points to her. The photo is posted on Facebook and the engineers are delighted that they can post the photo, since the app had just been developed; it's the technical achievement that is important, not what the photo is; it could have been a photo of a can of soup for all it mattered. But Ms. Losse considers how the photo could be (mis)interpreted by someone who doesn't know the context. This is not a tell-all; anyone looking for dirt won't find it here. She is grateful for the oppportunities she has had at the company and the financial security it has given her, but she begins to question the direction in which the company is going. The author wants us to consider that just because something can be done does not mean that it should be done. A very worthwhile read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By CasualHomeShopper on June 1, 2013
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tl;dr Fascinated by Facebook? Read. Could care less? Don't.

I'm a resident of the bay area, so it was with voyeuristic intentions that I purchased and read this book. It was a nice look into the psychology of the boys (and yes, they're boys) who currently and have historically run Facebook.

I wish she would have hit on their immaturity, exclusivity, and sexism and the effect they had (have) on the company a little harder, but I think anyone who has worked in a tech company already understands most of that.

So, read if you're interested in an iside look at facebook, if not then this isn't the book for you.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 20, 2013
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If you think the tech sector is a utopian meritocracy, you're way off. Kate Losse shares her experience as an early Facebook employee outside the sacred grove of the engineering department, where customer service and project management people, mostly women, are treated with a level of respect normally associated with office furniture. It was painful to read parts of this, because of some similarity in culture to where I work, and because it doesn't have a happy ending where any of the institutional problems are solved. This is real life, after all, not a carefully curated series of stream posts.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By PlanetExpressShip on April 6, 2013
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I worked at Facebook with the author during the era "chronicled" in the book. For the most part, I found that she took extreme latitude in her storytelling with a great deal of embellishments and exaggerations; some events actually never occurred or occurred in a very, very different way. For many of her former coworkers this was really disappointing to see.

I would enjoy a less fictionalized story of the early days at Facebook, preferably without the sophomoric meandering writing style and forced "heady" metaphors. If you want sensationalized fiction of the story, read "The Accidental Billionaires" by Ben Mezrich. If you want non-fiction, "The Facebook Effect" by David Kirkpatrick is good. Unfortunately this book's format sits between in a mess of truths and un-truths that are unfair both to the author and all the characters within.
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