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Twenty-one Dog Years: Doing Time at Amazon.com Paperback – 1 Jul 2002

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Product details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (1 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841157651
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841157658
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,899,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Review for 21 Dog Years – the performance

“Between Spalding Gray and Robin Williams.” New York Post
“He doesn't pull punches. Daisey…has wreaked his own brand of havoc.“ Washington Post
"Mike Daisey does what Michael Moore once did for General Motors." Entertainment Weekly
“Dilbert meets Spalding Gray. Hilarity ensues." Business 2.0
"We haven't seen the show, but we hear it's quite funny." Patty Smith, Amazon spokesperson
"It was like, what's next…locusts?" Jeff Bezos, Newsweek

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The Office meets ‘Microserfs’ in one of the strangest and hilariously funny love stories you will ever read. ‘21 Dog Years’ is the wickedly funny
story of life in the frontline from the world’s first dot.comic

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This is neither a technical description of how amazon came to be, nor a business side analysis of how amazon came to win its gamble on buying customers through making losses and somehow surviving the dot com crash. Instead, this is the story of how being caught up in the dot com era, specifically at the cult of Amazon changed the life of unemployed aesthetics graduate Mike Daisey. This book is based on a stage show about life in the dotcom era that Daisey performed as a final severing between himself and the insanity of the self-consuming business culture inside the boom era tech companies that molded everyone caught up in the wait for options to vest. While passingly interesting in spots, the book just left me wanting to know more about what was really happening at amazon in the early days.
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A penetrating and ebulliently performed account of one man's realization that life in big business is a contradiction in terms. Daisey's storytelling methods are utterly captivating. Every word, every repetition, every gesticulation reverberates...he's the consummate performer. As a lesson in storytelling prowess, 21 Dog Years is textbook brilliance; thought-provoking, amusing and continually enchanting.
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There are funny scenes in this book, such as Daisey's attempt to curry favour with his boss by bonding over Rogue, but it didn't have the detail I was hoping for, so I didn't feel I learnt anything new about how Amazon works. It also ends rather suddenly - it is clear that Daisey thinks working for Amazon has changed his life, but he doesn't say how, or what he then decides to do with his life - I found I had to look at his website to try to complete the picture.
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