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A revealing, forward-looking examination of the outsize influence Google has had on the changing media landscape.

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Ken Auletta, one of the pre-eminent US-based business journalists of the past thirty years, has written the Annals of Communications column for The New Yorker since 1992. He is the author of ten books, including four US bestsellers- Three Blind Mice- How the TV Networks Lost Their Way; Greed and Glory on Wall Street- The Fall of the House of Lehman and World War 3.0- Microsoft and Its Enemies. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, the agent Amanda Urban.


Auletta offers a comprehensive history of Google's meteoric rise, profiling its creators, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the initial team members, previous commentators on the organization, and Google's various competitors over the years. Jim Bond captures Auletta's tone admirably, tonally balancing fact and opinion within the book. Despite some vocal wavering, Bond commands our attention and sustains interest with pacing and emphasis that enable listeners to absorb the information effortlessly along with the significance of certain moments and individuals. A Penguin Press hardcover (Reviews, Aug. 24). (Nov.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

A corporate upstart just over a decade old, Google has wormed its way into our lives, our vocabulary, and even the hallowed halls of academe, with Internet dominance and multibillion-dollar advertising revenues that make it one of the largest media entities of all time. New Yorker media critic Auletta (Three Blind Mice: How the TV Networks Lost Their Way), who spent several years researching Google and interviewing hundreds of company and industry players, delivers the real scoop on how this Internet giant fits into the larger media landscape. His fascinating examination illuminates Google's world from just about every conceivable angle: competitive, legal, regulatory, cultural, and ethical. He wraps up with an assessment of where the behemoth might be headed but provides enough insight to allow readers to draw their own conclusions about Google and whether its emergence really does spell the end of the world as we know it. VERDICT While the Google phenomenon has spawned dozens of books, Auletta's years of research and firsthand access to insiders, critics, competitors, and commentators give readers a well-rounded perspective on the company and how it fits into the wider milieu.[See Prepub Alert, LJ 7/09.]-Carol J. Elsen, Univ. of Wisconsin Lib., Whitewater Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

"At last, a book about Google that does not require readers to get in touch with their inner geek." * Financial Times *
"I cannot wait to read Ken's book. He is a rare business journalist and author who manages to combine extraordinary access to the kings and queens of industry without ever compromising his editorial integrity. If anyone can shed light on the Google monster, it is Ken." * Michael Grade *
"No other reporter has covered the new communications revolution as thoroughly as has Auletta." * Columbia Journalism Review *
"Ken Auletta has produced the seminal book about media in the digital age. It is a triumph of reporting and analysis, filled with revealing scenes, fascinating tales, and candid interviews. Google is both a driver and a symbol of a glorious disruption in the media world, and Auletta chronicles, in a balanced and thoughtful way, both that glory and that disruption." * Walter Isaacson, former managing editor of TIME, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute, and author *

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