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Author: Aimee Groth Narrator: Angela Brazil Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2017 ISBN: 9781538407851
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In 2010 Tony Hsieh was introduced to many as a visionary modern business leader. Under Hsieh’s leadership, Zappos became the world’s largest online shoe company by championing satisfied customers and a valued workforce. After his company was purchased by Amazon, Hsieh turned his energies and considerable fortune toward a much larger goal: building a new and more socially conscious Silicon Valley in the heart of downtown Las Vegas, all within his five-year plan.

Hsieh challenged business and technology journalist Aimee Groth to uproot her life and be a participant in his social engineering experiment. Beginning with couch surfing, moving to a Downtown Project crash pad, and then living in Zappos corporate housing above the Gold Spike bar, Groth had a front-row view of Hsieh’s efforts to build his ideal society.

With interviews from insiders on all ends of the Zappos spectrum—like the “broken dolls” who gravitate toward Hsieh’s almost cultlike personality and make up his inner circle, to the Zapponians who live and work on campus, to players in the top echelon of Silicon Valley—Groth offers a unique view of a world few people know much about, and sheds a new light on this complex, eccentric man.

The Kingdom of Happiness is the story of one man’s quest to create his own nirvana in the desert based on his exacting design with lessons he’s gleaned from rave culture and Burning Man. Is it the business model of the future or a cautionary tale of hubris?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An intriguing business/sociological chronicle with wider implications for modern corporate practices.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Boldly questions our society’s attachment to the heroic entrepreneur narrative and reveals a refreshing alternative: embracing vulnerability as strength.”

    John Gerzema, coauthor of The Athena Doctrine

  • “Fascinating and occasionally disturbing…a crucial warning against being seduced by the warm rhetoric and positivity of gurus.”

    William Davies, author of The Happiness Industry

  • “A must-read for anyone doubting the wisdom of letting startups (and shoe e-tailers) play social engineers.”

    Greg Lindsay, coauthor of Aerotropolis

  • “A cast of characters reminiscent of a Russian novel set in the overstimulating atmosphere of Rio’s Carnival, punctuated with all the hubris of a Greek tragedy.”

    Whitney Johnson, author of Disrupt Yourself

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About the Author

Aimee Groth is an independent business journalist who writes primarily for Quartz, a division of Atlantic Media Company. She previously served as a senior editor at Business Insider. Her work has been highlighted by several publications, including the Wall Street Journal, NPR, and the Harvard Business Review. In December 2013 she broke the news about Zappos’ adoption of Holacracy, which led to coverage by dozens of news organizations around the world, including CNN and the New York Times.

About the Narrator

Angela Brazil is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator and a professional actor who is proud to be a long-standing member of the Resident Acting Company at Trinity Repertory Company. She also teaches at the Brown/Trinity Conservatory.