Synopses & Reviews
"Here is the story behind one of the most remarkable Internet successes of our time. Based on scrupulous research and extraordinary access to Google, the book takes you inside the creation and growth of a company whose name is a favorite brand and a standard verb recognized around the world. Its stock is worth more than General Motors and Fords combined, its staff eats for free in a dining room that used to be
by the Grateful Deads former chef, and its employees traverse the firms colorful Silicon Valley campus on scooters and inline skates.
The Google Story is the definitive account of the populist media company powered by the worlds most advanced technology that in a few short years has revolutionized access to information about everything for everybody everywhere.
In 1998, Moscow-born Sergey Brin and Midwest-born Larry Page dropped out of graduate school at Stanford University to, in their own words, “change the world” through a search engine that would organize every bit of information on the Web for free.
While the company has done exactly that in more than one hundred languages, Googles quest continues as it seeks to add millions of library books, television broadcasts, and more to its searchable database.
Readers will learn about the amazing business acumen and computer wizardry that started the company on its astonishing course; the secret network of computers delivering lightning-fast search results; the unorthodox approach that has enabled it to challenge Microsofts dominance and shake up Wall Street. Even as it rides high, Google wrestles with difficult choices that will enable it to continue expanding while sustaining the guiding vision of its founders mantra: DO NO EVIL."
About the Author
David A. Vise, formerly a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter for The Washington Post
, is a Senior Advisor to New Mountain Capital, a New York-based private equity firm, and to New Mountain Vantage, the firm's public equity fund. He is the author of three previous books, including the New York Times
bestseller, The Bureau and the Mole
Mark Malseed has contributed to The Washington Post, Boston Herald, Moment, and other publications. The former researcher to Bob Woodward, he is a consultant to ChaCha and cofounder of OhMyGov.com.
From the Hardcover edition.