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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ken Auletta Narrator: Robert O’Keefe Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2001 ISBN: 9780375419195
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The Internet Revolution, like all great industrial changes, has made the world's elephantine media companies tremble that their competitors-whether small and nimble mice or fellow elephants-will get to new terrain first and seize its commanding heights. In a climate in which fear and insecurity are considered healthy emotions, corporate violence becomes commonplace. In the blink of an eye-or the time it has taken slogans such as "The Internet changes everything" to go from hyperbole to banality-"creative destruction" has wracked the global economy on an epic scale.

No one has been more powerful or felt more fear or reacted more violently than Bill Gates and Microsoft. Afraid that any number of competitors might outflank them-whether Netscape or Sony or AOL Time Warner or Sun or AT&T or Linux-based companies that champion the open-source movement or some college student hacking in his dorm room-Microsoft has waged holy war on all foes, leveraging its imposing strengths.

In World War 3.0, Ken Auletta chronicles this fierce conflict from the vantage of its most important theater of operations: the devastating second front opened up against Bill Gates's empire by the United States government. The book's narrative spine is United States v. Microsoft, the government's massive civil suit against Microsoft for allegedly stifling competition and innovation on a broad scale. With his superb writerly gifts and extraordinary access to all the principal parties, Ken Auletta crafts this landmark confrontation into a tight, character- and incident-filled courtroom drama featuring the best legal minds of our time, including David Boies and Judge Richard Posner. And with the wisdom gleaned from covering the converging media, software, and communications industries for The New Yorker for the better part of a decade, Auletta uses this pivotal battle to shape a magisterial reckoning with the larger war and the agendas, personalities, and prospects of its many combatants.


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Quotes & Awards

  • Masterful character descriptions and moments of drama. Auletta seems to understand the essence of Gates. In Auletta’s hands, the master of Microsoft emerges as a hypercompetitive untamable adolescent. Chicago Tribune
  • Auletta painstakingly re-creates the broader context of the conflict... [and] presents both sides' points of view. World War 3.0 serves to clarify complex issues that could be resolved in any number of ways. New York Times
  • Splendid... I cannot recall a book written about a complex civil trial that describes it as completely and compellingly. Floyd Abrams, Brill’s Content

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rose | 7/30/2013

    " I'm still rooting for Microsoft heh! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 5/21/2012

    " I listened to the audiobook and it's probably better that way due to the heavy legal terms. I really enjoyed this book and felt that it had a lot of insight about how Microsoft operated and how the legal teams chose to argue the case. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christina | 9/5/2010

    " This book was quite interesting but heavy going because of the amount of legal details included. Gives insight into the mindset of the top leaders of the company. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rose | 5/31/2010

    " I'm still rooting for Microsoft heh! "

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About the Author
Author Ken Auletta

Ken Auletta has written the Annals of Communications column for the New Yorker since 1992. He is the author of eight books and was named America’s premier media critic by the Columbia Journalism Review. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and daughter.