Amazonia by James Marcus
Five Years at the Epicenter of the Dot.Com Juggernaut

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In a book that Ian Frazier has called “a fascinating and sometimes hair-raising morality tale from deep inside the Internet boom,” James Marcus, hired by in 1996— when the company was so small his e-mail address could be—looks back a decade later at the ecstatic rise, dramatic fall, and remarkable comeback of the consummate symbol of late 1990s America.

Observing “how it was to be in the right place (Seattle) at the right time (the 90s)” (Chicago Reader), Marcus offers a ringside seat on everything from his first interview with Jeff Bezos to the company’s bizarre, Nordic-style retreats, creating what Jonathan Raban calls “an utterly beguiling book.” For this first paperback edition, Marcus has added a new afterword with further reflections on his Amazon experience.

In the tradition of the most noteworthy and entertaining memoirs of recent years, Marcus offers us a modern-day fable, “a clear-eyed, first-person account, rife with digressions on the larger cultural meaning throughout” (Henry Alford, Newsday).

About James Marcus

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James Marcus was employed as Senior Editor at from 1996 to 2001. An award-winning translator, he has written for the Atlantic Monthly, the Village Voice, the New York Times Book Review, the Washington Post Book World, the New York Review of Books, Lingua Franca, and many other publications. He lives in New York City.
Published April 5, 2011 by New Press, The. 274 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, Computers & Technology, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Amiable memoir of's dizzying rise and eventual earthbound return.

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With firmly established as one of the leaders in e-commerce, it is easy to forget the company's early roots as a struggling online bookstore. Marcus, who was employee 55 and one of A

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Five years at the epicenter of the juggernaut, from employee #55

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