- Audio CD
- Publisher: Random House Audio; Abridged edition (November 15, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0739321617
- ISBN-13: 978-0739321614
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 6.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 122 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,588,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Google Story Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook
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“[The authors] do a fine job of recounting Google’s rapid rise and explaining its search business.”—New York Times
“An intriguing insider view of the Google culture.”—Harvard Business Review
“Fascinating…meticulous…never bogs down…Even if you think you’ve heard about Google ad nauseam, you will find new items about this important company.”—Houston Chronicle
“An interesting read on a powerhouse company…if you haven’t read anything about one of today’s most influential companies, you should. If you don’t read The Google Story, you’re missing a few extra treats.—USA Today
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About the Author
David A. Vise is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the Washington Post and the author of three books, including the New York Times bestseller The Bureau and the Mole. Mark Malseed, who has contributed to the Washington Post and the Boston Herald, has won high praise for his research efforts on Bob Woodward’s recent books, Plan of Attack and Bush at War.
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It is interesting to see how a simple concept became one of the most admired Internet companies ever. Google, in the very beginning, was not intended to be a money maker, but just an engine which intended to help people find what they were looking for over the Internet. The book approaches the coming of corporate interest, the placement of the Google Ad-Sense concept (ads which are paid by click and not by print) and the other products that came later.
In brief: this is a biography which is directed to people who admire the search engine they often use and want to know more about its story.
Covered are such material as how the company got it's financing, how the founders insisted in staying true to their dream, how the company operates and how it is challenging the big M for dominance in the world of technology companies.
I completely enjoyed the book. It contained enough information to make the read interesting while keeping the technical jargon and in depth computer material to the minimum necessary for the story. This would be a good book for a high school or college library and makes an interesting study of how a company can be different and still very successful.
Like a lot of people, Google is my search engine of choice and also my home page. Through reading the book, I have learned a lot about what else Google offers and how it can help in your life. I now have a google account, gmail, and use Google talk.
My only comment is that it does tend to feel like a lot like a Google advertisement. But I guess these guys deserve it.