Dot.Con by John Cassidy
The Greatest Story Ever Sold

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The Internet stock bubble wasn't just about goggle-eyed day traderstrying to get rich on the Nasdaq and goateed twenty-five-year-olds playing wannabe Bill Gates. It was also about an America that believed it had discovered the secret of eternal prosperity: it said something about all of us, and what we thought about ourselves, as the twenty-first century dawned. John Cassidy's Dot.con brings this tumultuous episode to life. Moving from the Cold War Pentagon to Silicon Valley to Wall Street and into the homes of millions of Americans, Cassidy tells the story of the great boom and bust in an authoritative and entertaining narrative. Featuring all the iconic figures of the Internet era -- Marc Andreessen, Jeff Bezos, Steve Case, Alan Greenspan, and many others -- and with a new Afterword on the aftermath of the bust, Dot.con is a panoramic and stirring account of human greed and gullibility.

 

About John Cassidy

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John Cassidy is a journalist at The New Yorker and a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books. He is the author of Dot.con: How America Lost Its Mind andMoney in the Internet Era and lives in New York City.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 416 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Computers & Technology, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The Guardian

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I am not suggesting that the internet was a trivial invention, but it is difficult to disagree with Robert Gordon, the US economist, who wrote that it "represents a far smaller increment in the standard of living than achieved by the extension of day into night by electric light, the revolution i...

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The Guardian

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dot.con: The Greatest Story Ever Sold John Cassidy Allen Lane The Penguin Press £9.99, pp400 There is an extremely fine strip from Guardian cartoonist Steve Bell dating back to the end of the Falklands war and the beginning of the Thatcherite economic 'miracle', in which his endearing penguin cha...

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Publishers Weekly

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It's hard to believe that anyone will be shocked to learn that most Internet companies and day traders lost money or that venture capitalists, investment bankers and stock analysts made large fees promoting stocks without subjecting the companies in question to critical scrutiny.

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Project MUSE

First, in pursuit of his own theory of perfidy, Cassidy focuses too much on the financial aspects of the boom and bust, in the process neglecting other interesting pieces of the dot-com experience.

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The Times

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