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Fortune, mania, genius, philanthropy—the New York Times bestselling author gives us the inspiring story of Paul English, the founder of Kayak.com and Lola.

Tracy Kidder tells the story of Paul English, a kinetic and unconventional inventor and entrepreneur, who as a boy rebelled against authority. Growing up in working-class Boston, English discovers a medium for his talents the first time he sees a computer. As a young man, despite suffering from what would eventually be diagnosed as bipolar disorder, he begins his pilgrim’s journey through the ups and downs in the brave new world of computers. Relating to the Internet as if it’s an extension of his own mind, he discovers that he has a talent for conceiving innovative enterprises and building teams that can develop them, becoming “a Pied Piper” of geeks. His innovative management style, success, and innate sense of fair play inspire intense loyalty. Early on, one colleague observes: “Someday this boy’s going to get hit by a truck full of money, and I’m going to be standing beside him.” Yet when English does indeed make a fortune, when the travel website Kayak is sold for almost two billion dollars—the first thing he thinks about is how to give the money away: “What else would you do with it?” The second thing he thinks is, What’s next?

With the power of a consummate storyteller, Tracy Kidder casts a fresh, critical, and often humorous eye on the way new ideas and new money are reshaping our culture and the world. A Truck Full of Money is a mesmerizing portrait of an irresistibly endearing man who is indefatigable, original, and as unpredictable as America itself.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] fascinating biography…not just of one man but of an era and of the startup subculture.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This fascinating narrative…traces [Paul] English’s rise from rebellious Boston schoolboy to Internet guru to dedicated philanthropist.”


  • “Moves back and forth in time to show how English was influenced by his childhood, education, and work experiences…Woven throughout are his attempts to ‘recover’ from success by giving his wealth away, as well as struggles in his personal life…Will appeal to fans of biography, technology, and business, as well as lovers of exceptional storytelling.”

    Library Journal

  • “While eminently readable as a biography, Kidder’s book is also a trenchant study of the new American economy and the technological world that built it. More engrossing work from a gifted practitioner of narrative nonfiction.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A BookPage Top Pick for October 2016
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