Five Years at the Epienter of the Juggernaut
Author(s): James Marcus
Original Publish Date: Aug 10, 2010
Product Number: EB00668031
Released: Apr 21, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781595587220
Publisher: The New Press
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A "funny, contemplative" memoir of working at Amazon in the early years, when it was a struggling online bookstore (San Francisco Chronicle). 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 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, in "a clear-eyed, first-person account, rife with digressions on the larger cultural meaning throughout" (Henry Alford, Newsday). "Marcus tells his story with wit and candor." —Booklist, starred review

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