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Much of The New New Thing, to be fair, is devoted to the Healtheon story. It's just that Jim Clark doesn't do startups the way most people do. "He had ceased to be a businessman," as Lewis puts it, "and become a conceptual artist." After coming up with the basic idea for Healtheon, securing the initial seed money, and hiring the people to make it happen, Clark concentrated on the building of Hyperion, a sailboat with a 197-foot mast, whose functions are controlled by 25 SGI workstations (a boat that, if he wanted to, Clark could log onto and steer--from anywhere in the world). Keeping up with Clark proves a monumental challenge--"you didn't interact with him," Lewis notes, "so much as hitch a ride on the back of his life"--but one that the author rises to meet with the same frenetic energy and humor of his previous books, Liar's Poker and Trail Fever.
Like those two books, The New New Thing shows how the pursuit of power at its highest levels can lead to the very edges of the surreal, as when Clark tries to fill out an investment profile for a Swiss bank, where he intends to deposit less than .05 percent of his financial assets. When asked to assess his attitude toward financial risk, Clark searches in vain for the category of "people who sought to turn ten million dollars into one billion in a few months" and finally tells the banker, "I think this is for a different ... person." There have been a lot of profiles of Silicon Valley companies and the way they've revamped the economy in the 1990s--The New New Thing is one of the first books fully to depict the sort of man that has made such companies possible. --Ron Hogan --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I am a big fan of Michael Lewis' books. His writing style and ability to describe the characters is as good as ever in The New New Thing. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Mike A.
I really like Michael Lewis books, but this is really a biography of one guy.Published 13 days ago by Mitch
Interesting. But the guy reading the book talks way to fast. Way way to fast. Kind of ruins the story.Published 18 days ago by CASHROCKET
Not up to Micheal Lews's other books but a worthy read if you are interested in silicon valley and the start of the internet.Published 19 days ago by James Bradley
Great book, can't t wait to read another one of Michael Lewis's booksPublished 2 months ago by alex tapia
Not his best effort, but part of that is the subject matter and timing. Jim Clark is a fascinating man, but this was published in 1999 when his career was much more in the public... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Humble Servant
The audio was great! The narrator used many voice inflections and some special effects, which made the story more enjoyable and kept my attention. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Paul H Schaaf
I adored the first half. I got a bit bored in the second half.
Spoiler alert: This book doesn't touch on the fall of the internet boom. Read more