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Tom Perkins, the venture capitalist behind such companies as Google, Genentech, Amazon, and AOL, doesn't do things halfway. When he collected vintage cars, for instance, he had the world's largest collection of Bugatti automobiles. And when he decided to pursue a lifelong dream and build a sailing yacht, he went the whole nine yards: He decided it would be the world's largest yacht - big enough to fit Noah's Ark on its deck. He wanted it to sail at a record 26 knots, under unprecedented physical forces. And, he thought, having built this marine wonder, why not use it to try to smash the 155-year-old world sailing record from New York to San Francisco around Cape Horn? Thus the Maltese Falcon - the largest private sailing vessel ever constructed - was born. More than just the story of the boat, "The Falcon" is a broader profile of the combination of ambition, recklessness, bravado, and achievements of a 21st century entrepreneur and his time.
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David Kaplan is a senior editor at Newsweek, responsible for the magazine's Enterprise section. He is the author of The Silicon Boys (1999), a bestseller that was translated into six languages, and The Accidental President (2001). He appears frequently on both TV and radio.

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"Engaging and revealing.brought vividly to life by the adept Kaplan...." -- --Daniel Okrent, Fortune "Inspired." -- Denver Rocky Mountain News ."..definitely worth the read." -- USA Today "The man, his ego and his boat are examined with insight and precision."--Forbes "Inspired."--Denver Rocky Mountain News "I opened Mr. Kaplan's book with a great deal of interest; I was not disappointed."--Pete Du Pont, former governor of Delaware, The Wall Street Journal "Perkins' two worlds--high-stakes, big-ego, cutting-edge sailing technology, and high-stakes, big-ego corporate politics--are inextricably linked in MINE'S BIGGER."--New York Post "Engaging and revealing...brought vividly to life by the adept Kaplan...."----Daniel Okrent, Fortune ."..definitely worth the read."--USA Today "An exhilarating account of how Tom Perkins...created 'the perfect yacht'...the Maltese Falcon."--American Heritage The man, his ego and his boat are examined with insight and precision. --Forbes" An exhilarating account of how Tom Perkins...created the perfect yacht ...the Maltese Falcon. --American Heritage" Engaging and revealing brought vividly to life by the adept Kaplan.... ----Daniel Okrent, Fortune" I opened Mr. Kaplan s book with a great deal of interest; I was not disappointed. --Pete Du Pont, former governor of Delaware, The Wall Street Journal" ...definitely worth the read. --USA Today" Perkins two worlds--high-stakes, big-ego, cutting-edge sailing technology, and high-stakes, big-ego corporate politics--are inextricably linked in MINE S BIGGER. --New York Post" Inspired. --Denver Rocky Mountain News" ..".definitely worth the read."--USA Today

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