- Hardcover: 264 pages
- Publisher: Da Capo Press (September 10, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0306821664
- ISBN-13: 978-0306821660
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 91 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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No Better Time: The Brief, Remarkable Life of Danny Lewin, the Genius Who Transformed the Internet Hardcover – September 10, 2013
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In the mid-1990s, when the Internet was beginning to attract exponentially more users, its architects were faced with surfing logjams that threatened to slow web traffic to a crawl. Offering one solution to the bottleneck, a group of MIT professors and grad students adapted inventive math algorithms for computer networks and earned rich rewards after forming Akamai Technologies. One key member of Akamai’s team was Daniel Lewin, whose life was tragically cut short on 9/11 at 31 when the plane he was on crashed into the World Trade Center. In recounting Lewin’s little-known but thoroughly captivating life story, journalist Raskin paints a portrait of a larger-than-life math genius who impressed everyone around him with his boundless energy and charisma. Before attending MIT, Lewin spent four years in the Israeli army’s counterterrorism unit, a background that Lewin almost certainly drew on when he tried to stop the terrorists on American Airlines Flight 11, making him 9/11’s first hero and victim. A superlatively written and well-deserved tribute to an overlooked Internet pioneer and true American hero. --Carl Hays
Bittersweet but celebratory.”
Little-known but thoroughly captivating life story A superlatively written and well-deserved tribute to an overlooked internet pioneer and true American hero.”
Tablet Magazine, 9/11/13
[A] terrific new biography.”
Winnipeg Free Press, 9/9/13
"No Better Time is the chronicle of a man who gave his life to technology and gave his life for mankind."
The Daily Beast, 9/17/13
This is Lewin's fascinating biography, but it is also a history of the Internet, and those who took it from clunky dial-up service to the speed-of-light marvel. It is also the story of the September 11 attacks themselves, and how they ground the exuberance of the 1990s to a halt. Raskin has meticulously reconstructed the buoyancy of the '90s dot-com boom, and her restraint in covering the attacks lends a sober poignancy to Lewin's story.”