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The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone by [Merchant, Brian]
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"A remarkable tale... the story it tells is compelling, even addictive--almost as addictive as the iPhone itself."―The Wall Street Journal

"Apple's culture of secrecy is no match for Brian Merchant in The One Device."the New York Times Book Review

"Like the best historians, Merchant... unpacks the history of the iPhone in a way that makes it seem both inevitable in its outline and surprising in its details."―The Guardian

"Merchant tells a far richer story than I--having covered Apple for years as a journalist--have seen before... The iPhone masquerades as a thing not made by human hands. Merchant's book makes visible that human labor, and in the process dispels some of the fog and reality distortion that surround the iPhone.―Lev Grossman, New York Times Book Review

"A fascinating story."―Marketplace

"Merchant does the important work of excavating and compiling large numbers of details and anecdotes about the development of the iPhone, many of them previously unrecorded... Merchant tells a far richer story than the outside world has seen before."―Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"Brian Merchant takes readers on an epic journey."―Parade

"Brian Merchant gives us a rare look inside Apple, chronicling the development of the iPhone with details about everything from the selection of raw materials to the product's famous launch event."―Gizmodo

"A wild ride."―San Francisco Chronicle

"An excellent book."―Tyler Cowen, Marginal Revolution

"The One Device is a tour de force. Brian Merchant has dug into the iPhone like no other reporter before him, traveling the world to find the untold stories behind the device's creation and uncover the very real human costs that come with making the iPhone. Packed with vivid detail, the book carries the reader from one unexpected revelation to the next with a fast-paced edge and heaps of analytical insight."―Ashlee Vance, New York Times bestselling author of Elon Musk

"This is a stunning book-a comprehensive, fascinating, and compulsively engaging account of how the most revolutionary product of our age was invented. Brian Merchant sets off on a journey around the globe, from design studios in California to mines in South America to factories in China, to tell the human stories-the ruined marriages, the lost lives-behind this iconic device. You will never look at your iPhone the same way again."―Dan Lyons, New York Times bestselling author of Disrupted

"Brian Merchant has written a fascinating biography of the iPhone, the most important single product ever created. If you've looked at the glowing screen in your hand and wondered where the hell it came from, this book provides rich, unexpected, and unusually sophisticated answers."―Alexis Madrigal, author of Powering the Dream

"Compressing decades of competitive invention and behind-the-screen intrigue, Brian Merchant looks deep into the black mirror of the iPhone to tell us the prehistory-and cultural future-of Apple's addictive device. This is the true science fiction of our time: how everyday experience was reinvented by a gadget."―Geoff Manaugh, New York Times bestselling author of A Burglar's Guide to the City

"The One Device is a high-stakes adventure all thw ay down the global supply chain, from hush-hush design labs to dusty, desolate South American mines and sweeping Chinese factories the size of cities, passing through nearly every continent on Earth as it reveals the countless hidden lives that touch your iPhone before-and after-it passes through your hands. Think of it as the manual Apple would never give you: required reading for anyone who wants to know how their iPhone really works."―Claire Evans, author and member of YACHT

"A thoughtful portrait of how a piece of reigning technology became ubiquitous in just a decade, for good and ill."―Kirkus

"Riveting...a globe-trotting history that... lets us hear from some of the innovators who created the elements [of the iPhone]. A fascinating and surprising book."―Library Journal

"Brian Merchant is a lovely writer... formidable... fascinating."―The Times of London

About the Author

Brian Merchant is the senior editor of Motherboard, VICE's science and technology outlet, the founder/editor of Terraform, its online fiction outlet, and his work has appeared in the Guardian, Slate, VICE Magazine, Salon, Fast Company, Discovery, GOOD, Paste, Grist, and beyond. His work frequently appears on the front pages of Reddit, Digg, and Slashdot.


Product details

  • File Size: 22030 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 031654616X
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (June 20, 2017)
  • Publication Date: June 20, 2017
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01LWRN0KI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,904 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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