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Totally Wired: On the Trail of the Great dotcom Swindle
Totally Wired: On the Trail of the Great dotcom Swindle
by Andrew Smith
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it immediately...a very important book, 20 Sept. 2012
It's hard to recall when vast swathes of information and opinion (and LOLcats) weren't instantly accessible through the web, when you had to actually step outside to get the groceries, and "content" wasn't earnestly, endlessly discussed at every other meeting. Yet the incredible reach of the internet is a recent phenomenon, and one that has changed our world.

This book looks at the start of this phenomenon, and focuses on Josh Harris, one of the earliest internet pioneers, a brilliant but difficult man way ahead of his time. Just by itself, this is an intriguing exploration of a fascinating character, and a spell-binding tale of the birth of the web. But then there's also a chilling expose of how the financial market can make instant billionaires out of college kids - and render them bankrupt just a short time later.

I think this is a really important book, given the current economic crisis and the ruthless, if not immoral, practices which contributed to it. And it's not in any way a dry read - it's endlessly fascinating, beautifully written and captures the essence of one of the most exciting periods in history. I loved it.


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