- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Back Bay Books; Reprint edition (August 12, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780316219280
- ISBN-13: 978-0316219280
- ASIN: 0316219282
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 1,283 customer reviews
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"Mr. Stone tells this story with authority and verve, and lots of well-informed reporting.... A dynamic portrait of the driven and demanding Mr. Bezos." -- Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
"Engrossing.... Stone's long tenure covering both Bezos and Amazon gives his retelling a sureness that keeps the story moving swiftly." -- New York Times Book Review
"Jeff Bezos is one of the most visionary, focused, and tenacious innovators of our era, and like Steve Jobs he transforms and invents industries. Brad Stone captures his passion and brilliance in this well-reported and compelling narrative." -- Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs
"Stone's account moves swiftly and surely." -- New York Times Book Review, "Editor's Choice"
"The Everything Store is a revelatory read for everyone--those selling and those sold to--who wants to understand the dynamics of the new digital economy. If you've ever one-clicked a purchase, you must read this book." -- Steven Levy, author of Hackers and In the Plex
"A deeply reported and deftly written book.... Like Steven Levy's "In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives," and "Gates: How Microsoft's Mogul Reinvented an Industry -- and Made Himself the Richest Man in America" by Stephen Manes and Paul Andrews, it is the definitive account of how a tech icon came to life." -- Seattle Times
"Stone's book, at last, gives us a Bezos biography that can fit proudly on a shelf next to the best chronicles of America's other landmark capitalists." -- Forbes
"Stone's tale of the birth, near-death, and impressive revival of an iconic American company is well worth your time." -- Matthew Yglesias, Slate
"An engaging and fascinating read.... An excellent chronicle of Amazon's rise.... A gift for entrepreneurs and business builders of the new generation." -- Business Insider
About the Author
Brad Stone has covered Amazon and technology in Silicon Valley for more than 15 years, for publications such as Newsweek and the New York Times. He is a senior writer for Bloomberg Businessweek and lives in San Francisco.
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Like other people have mentioned, this book paints Jeff in a little bit of a strange light, only focusing on his ruthless approach to business and e-commerce and spending little time talking about the fact that he is indeed human and has a wide range of emotions and isn't actually Darth Vader incarnate.
All in all, I enjoyed the book thoroughly. The pacing is quick, but not thin, and the author spends just enough time explaining situations to provide context without risking crafting a dense editorial. The language is smart, but not aloof, and the progression of the writing makes it easy to continue reading for long stretches of time unlike a lot of other books like this one.
Brad Stone did a great job of writing The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon. He captured the business incredibly, from its extremely successful start, to its struggles in the beginning of the 2000's. This book was very insightful, and, after reading it, I look at the company as more than just a convenient, "Everything Store."
We have all heard of them - it's more than likely that you have bought something from them - but do you know how Jeff Bezos created this giant of a business?
He started in a garage with an idea, books, and desks made from cheap doors.
After starting out in the garage, Jeff and his associates quickly had to buy an official office space, as well as a warehouse. They grew so quickly that, on May 15, 1997, the company reported a 900% growth in annual sales.
Jeff's idea was extremely successful up until 2000, when the company's stock made a complete U-turn. Its share value would continue to drop in value for 21 months. Jeff Bezos has been up against incredible challenges, and this book has taught me how he came through each of them.
During a meeting in the earlier years of his company's lifetime, Jeff and the other attendees came up with six terms that described what they wanted to be. These terms are:
1. Customer Obsession
3. Bias for Action
5. High Bar for Talent
After being hit by his business's decline in 2000, Bezos came up with three more terms to add to that list:
9. Eliminating waste
If you want to learn more about one of the most successful CEO's, or if you are dying to know how his company recovered from their 21 month slump, I highly recommend that you buy The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon.
This review was originally posted on my blog, along with other biographies, classics, and insipiring nonfiction.
I enjoyed reading this book; I learned a lot about Amazon’s history and culture. I always find the “backstories” interesting. Of course, I think you have to take any single article or book with a grain of salt; we humans tend to be subjective, myopic, and one-sided, even if our intentions are good. And, I don’t think the author actually interviewed Mr. Bezos, so that seems like a significant miss to me. But all in all, I don’t think the book comes across as either for or against Amazon, and it is a very easy read. If you’re trying to learn about Amazon, don’t limit yourself to this book, or any other single source of information. I’d particularly recommend reading the book's reviews written by Mackenzie Bezos and Andy Jassy.
One really interesting tidbit was the story about Jeff having an open seat in meetings, where the “customer” is seated. Some people may think it a bit silly, but I don’t. I can’t think of a better constant reminder. I’ve found that I actually seem to have a lot of the same quirks and philosophies as Mr. Bezos, which is kind of cool. Like, frugality is one of my mantras too. It’s hard to find fault with much of anything, when Amazon has been so successful.