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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (554 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Lewis Narrator: Michael Lewis Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2001 ISBN: 9780553754001
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With his knowing eye and wicked pen, Michael Lewis reveals how the Internet boom has encouraged changes in the way we live, work, and think. In the midst of one of the greatest status revolutions in the history of the world, the Internet has become a weapon in the hands of revolutionaries. Old priesthoods are crumbling. In the new order, the amateur is king: fourteen-year-olds manipulate the stock market and nineteen-year-olds take down the music industry. Unseen forces undermine all forms of collectivism, from the family to the mass market: one black box has the power to end television as we know it, and another one may dictate significant changes in our practice of democracy.

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  • One of the 2001 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 1/18/2014

    " Lewis is one of the more entertaining business writers out there. His hands on experience as a trader at Salomon Brothers gives a unique "been there done that and know what I am talking about" type of perspective. His best writings are on financial markets - Liar's Poker, The Big Short - and his devastating portraits of Eurozone casulaties in Vanity Fair. Despite his abundant talents, he navigates less certain terrain when he writes about the world of high-tech. His New New Thing and The Future Just Happened are entertaining accounts highlight the bizarre and whacky shennanigans of the New Digerati. I confess to a distinct collegiate bias, preferring the musings of Stanford-bred authors Po Bronson and Guy Kawasaki. They were educated in Silicon Valley, grew up in the business and offer more insights with a tinge of that unique Stanford humor one observes in undergraduate life and in the antics of the Band. Lewis just isn't crazy enough to write the best copy about high tech, but nonetheless this is a decent read with stories about unique individuals cashing in on the new technology. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noah | 1/14/2014

    " This book was written in 2001, but the strongest praise I can offer it is that although the case studies (file-sharing, message boards, etc.) feel very quaint, the insights Lewis draws from them are still useful today. Not his best work, but not half-bad eiher. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fred | 1/9/2014

    " Listening to the unabridged audio version. Fascinating even though it reports on early 2000's "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ethan | 12/24/2013

    " The internet is changing the world, empowering the little guy and threatening the corporate structure. The book gathers several little guys to make the point that by making the availability of knowledge more democratic, some at the top will start to slip. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas Ptacek | 12/18/2013

    " Lewis is queasy about the impact of technology, and communicates it in his prose and structure... I mean, you're reading about Marillion. It's all quite dated, but has anthropologic value. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 William | 12/18/2013

    " Not one of Lewis' more famous books but more relevant than ever. Several of the trends described in the book regarding the Internet's impact on society are more evident now than they were at the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 10/4/2013

    " Lewis had great insight for the time in which he wrote the book (2001). And even though we have moved forward over a decade, the information is still relevant and provides much to think about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert Zimmerman | 4/5/2013

    " Just finished this 2002 book today. It's 2013! Why read a book released in 2002 called NEXT? Amazingly, it just holds up and is packed with still-relevant and richly detailed reporting. If you didn't read it when it came out, read it now. If you read it in 2002, consider reading it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shellie | 2/11/2013

    " How the internet has changed out lives and how we are in the midsts of a great status revolution. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandon | 1/25/2013

    " I read this book forever ago when it was I'm sure, more relevant than it is today, but I remember being very intrigued. I still think about the ideas presented sometimes. Probably one of the things that sparked my fascination with the tech world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori Grant | 9/30/2012

    " An optional-read book on managing technology for managers, executives, and entrepreneurs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Curt | 5/16/2012

    " Great read -- got me thinking -- pretty impressive to me that nailed both sides of the current debate on internet privacy back in 2001. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Randall | 9/7/2011

    " I enjoy Lewis's writing and this book was no exception. Still relevant information several years after the book was written. It is a good book on the role of change in general, and specifically technology in current society. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 8/3/2011

    " Another head-shaking and enraging book. Very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chazzle | 2/4/2011

    " A quite interesting book. It made a long flight fly by. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eve | 9/22/2010

    " not Lewis's best effort. First half was good, then the book lost focus. Anything by Lewis is worth reading but many others are better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chazz | 4/21/2010

    " A quite interesting book. It made a long flight fly by. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shellie | 3/30/2009

    " How the internet has changed out lives and how we are in the midsts of a great status revolution. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Randall | 3/1/2009

    " I enjoy Lewis's writing and this book was no exception. Still relevant information several years after the book was written. It is a good book on the role of change in general, and specifically technology in current society. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noah | 2/27/2009

    " This book was written in 2001, but the strongest praise I can offer it is that although the case studies (file-sharing, message boards, etc.) feel very quaint, the insights Lewis draws from them are still useful today. Not his best work, but not half-bad eiher. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William | 2/17/2009

    " Not one of Lewis' more famous books but more relevant than ever. Several of the trends described in the book regarding the Internet's impact on society are more evident now than they were at the time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jose | 1/5/2009

    " good, not nearly as good as liar's poker "

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About the Author
Author Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis is the bestselling author of Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, The Blind Side, The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, and others. He has been a contributing editor at Vanity Fair since 2009. His writing has also appeared in the New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, and Gourmet; he worked as an editor for the British weekly the Spectator and as a senior editor and campaign correspondent for the New Republic. In addition to his writing, Lewis has filmed and narrated short pieces for ABC’s Nightline. He holds a BA in art history from Princeton and an MS in economics from the London School of Economics. Lewis and his wife live in Berkeley, California.