Ruling the Waves by Debora L. Spar
Cycles of Discovery, Chaos, and Wealth, from the Compass to the Internet

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The high-tech bubble seems to have burst-or has it? Knowing where you are in the business cycle is crucial. Historical perspective helps, and so does keen analysis. Ruling the Waves offers both.

Debora Spar begins the historical context with pirate tales. Jean Lafitte's domination of the seas and Rupert Murdoch's domination of the British airwaves with BskyB have much in common. Tales of the telegraph and radio help you understand the natural evolution of Microsoft, the trials of the codemakers who fought the U.S. government to protect Internet privacy, and the revolutionary rap stars who challenged the record industry. Great stories of quirky pioneers and their roller-coaster rides make this the one book that you need to become an expert on the path of future innovations and the natural development from idea to market in a changing world.


About Debora L. Spar

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Debora L. Spar is a professor at the Harvard Business School. A political scientist by training, she specializes in the politics of international business and speaks frequently before corporate and policy-making groups. Professor Spar is the author of three previous books and lives in Boston with her architect husband and two sons.
Published September 21, 2001 by Harcourt. 432 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Computers & Technology, Science & Math, History. Non-fiction

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In her view, Phil Zimmerman, who developed the e-mail security code known as Pretty Good Privacy, was a pirate who gave it away for free in possible violation of U.S. technology export control laws, though this reverses the common usage in which a pirate steals something from others.

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