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This ambitious book comes with a strong pedigree. Author John Battelle was a founder of The Industry Standard and then one of the original editors of Wired, two magazines which helped shape our early perceptions of the wild world of the Internet. Battelle clearly drew from his experience and contacts in writing The Search. In addition to the sure-handed historical perspective and easy familiarity with such dot-com stalwarts as AltaVista, Lycos, and Excite, he speckles his narrative with conversational asides from a cast of fascinating characters, such Google's founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin; Yahoo's, Jerry Yang and David Filo; key executives at Microsoft and different VC firms on the famed Sandhill road; and numerous other insiders, particularly at the company which currently sits atop the search world, Google.
The Search is not exactly the corporate history of Google. At the book's outset, Battelle specifically indicates his desire to understand what he calls the cultural anthropology of search, and to analyze search engines' current role as the "database of our intentions"--the repository of humanity's curiosity, exploration, and expressed desires. Interesting though that beginning is, though, Battelle's story really picks up speed when he starts dishing inside scoop on the darling business story of the decade, Google. To Battelle's credit, though, he doesn't stop just with historical retrospective: the final part of his book focuses on the potential future directions of Google and its products' development. In what Battelle himself acknowledges might just be a "digital fantasy train", he describes the possibility that Google will become the centralizing platform for our entire lives and quotes one early employee on the weightiness of Google's potential impact: "Sometimes I feel like I am on a bridge, twenty thousand feet up in the air. If I look down I'm afraid I'll fall. I don't feel like I can think about all the implications."
Some will shrug at such words; after all, similar hype has accompanied other technologies and other companies before. Many others, though, will search Battelle's story for meaning--and fast. --Peter Han --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book is not just about Google but about search companies and provides an excellent history..
The Search by John Battelle provides an interesting history of Internet search technology with a heavy emphasis on Google.
Was a very readable book, very engaging writing style and the content was interesting and well pitched, lots of ideas.
This is a good book. I recommend it for anyone who wants to know more about Google.Published 7 months ago by Todd Klinger
it's ok book but I found that 80% of information if not more I can just Google without buying any book. However it was well written and orgagnized.Published 10 months ago by Elena Tivey
John Batelle has a distinct talent. He writes extremely well about a subject that many might consider complex technology. Read morePublished 14 months ago by David Faxon
It's no surprise that Google has had a significant impact on everyone's life. The book, "The Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Richie
I often read big-picture vision books several years after they are out to better understand underlying assumptions, which assumptions stood the test of time and which of these... Read morePublished on October 25, 2012 by Anurag Gupta
A few weeks ago, I saw a list of the best business books of all time. I was a bit proud of myself that I had read most of them--at had at least heard of the rest. Read morePublished on May 18, 2012 by Phil Simon