The Google Story
Inside the Hottest Business, Media, and Technology Success of Our Time
Publication Date: August 29, 2006
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"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 Ford’s combined, its staff eats for free in a dining room that used to be run by the Grateful Dead’s former chef, and its employees traverse the firm’s colorful Silicon Valley campus on scooters and inline skates.
The Google Story is the definitive account of the populist media company powered by the world’s 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, Google’s 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 Microsoft’s 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."
David A. Vise, formerly a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the Washington Post, is now Senior Commentator for breakingviews.com, a leading online international financial commentary service. He is the author of three previous books, including the New York Times bestseller The Bureau and the Mole. Mark Malseed, a former researcher for Bob Woodward, has contributed to the Washington Post, the Boston Herald, and other publications.
“[The authors] do a fine job of recounting Google’s rapid rise and explaining its search business.”—New York Times
“An intriguing insider view of the Google culture.”—Harvard Business Review
“Fascinating…meticulous…never bogs down…Even if you think you’ve heard about Google ad nauseam, you will find new items about this important company.”—Houston Chronicle
“An interesting read on a powerhouse company…if you haven’t read anything about one of today’s most influential companies, you should. If you don’t read The Google Story, you’re missing a few extra treats.—USA Today