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Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley by [Martinez, Antonio Garcia]
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Amazon.com Review

An Amazon Best Book of July 2016: If you think you know the back-story of the founding of Facebook because you saw The Social Network, think again: Antonio Garcia Martinez’s Chaos Monkeys tells a more complete and sometimes darker story about the founding and development of Mark Zuckerberg’s multi-billion-dollar invention. This is not a whodunit (we know who did – Zuckerberg, those rowing twins, and assorted Harvard frenemies) so much as a procedural, a chronicle by the data-guru who was eventually forced out of Facebook (he went to Twitter) – but not before gathering some pretty interesting social data of his own: about Zuckerberg, about other Silicon valley “chaos monkeys,” and about the culture that spawned all of them. Others who have toiled in tech will recognize some universal truths: for example, that despite the great wealth, most are not in it for the money so much as the mission; Facebook, Garcia Martinez asserts, was a “church of a new religion,” its practitioners true believers. While there may be a little TMI for the casual reader, there are enough specific scenes and characters – Sheryl Sandberg included, of course -- that, geek or not, you can’t help but be fascinated. Me, I can’t help but wonder how many “likes” you’d get if you posted about it on your FB page… --Sara Nelson, The Amazon Book Review

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“Incisive.... The most fun business book I have read this year.... Clearly there will be people who hate this book — which is probably one of the things that makes it such a great read.”
— Andrew Ross Sorkin, New York Times

“Eye-popping.”
Vanity Fair

“There are some books that are just too good to miss.... In his insider-tells-all book, García Martínez discusses everything from goofy stories to cultural secrets about some of the country’s most powerful and influential businesses.”
Atlantic

“Michael Lewis was never a top Wall Street bond salesman, but in Liar’s Poker he captured an era. Chaos Monkeys aims to do the same for Silicon Valley, and bracingly succeeds.”
— David Streitfeld, New York Times Book Review

“Unlike most founding narratives that flow out of the Valley, Chaos Monkeys dives into the unburnished, day-to-day realities: the frantic pivots, the enthusiastic ass-kissing, the excruciating internal politics.... [García] can be rude, but he’s shrewd, too.”
Bloomberg Businessweek

“An irresistible and indispensable 360-degree guide to the new technology establishment.... A must-read.”
— Jonathan A. Knee, New York Times

“An unvarnished account… of Silicon Valley.”
CBS This Morning

“Traces the evolution of social media and online marketing and reveals how it’s become a part of our daily lives and how it will affect our future.”
— Leonard Lopate, WNYC


Product details

  • File Size: 1483 KB
  • Print Length: 533 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (June 28, 2016)
  • Publication Date: June 28, 2016
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B019MMUAAQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,844 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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