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The New New Thing
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'Hugely enjoyable ... It reads like a novel, a fantasy tale of rags to riches' Charles Handy in The Sunday Times

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'Hugely enjoyable ... It reads like a novel, a fantasy tale of rags to riches' Charles Handy in The Sunday Times

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Michael Lewis is the author of several books, including the international bestseller, LIAR'S POKER.

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From the author of the best-selling Liar's Poker: the story of Jim ClarkÄfounder of Silicon Graphics, Netscape, and now Healtheon, which is poised to take the cyberworld by storm. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

While it purports to look at the business world of Silicon Valley through the lens of one man, that one man, Jim Clark, is so domineering that the book is essentially about Clark. No matter: Clark is as successful and interesting an example of Homo siliconus as any writer is likely to find. Lewis (Liar's Poker) has created an absorbing and extremely literate profile of one of America's most successful entrepreneurs. Clark has created three companiesÄSilicon Graphics, Netscape (now part of America Online) and HealtheonÄeach valued at more than $1 billion by Wall Street. Lewis was apparently given unlimited access to Clark, a man motivated in equal parts by a love of the technology he helps to create and a desire to prove something to a long list of people whom he believes have done him wrong throughout his life (especially his former colleagues at Silicon Graphics). As Lewis looks at the various roles of venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and programmers and at how these very different mindsets fit together in the anatomy of big deals, he gives readers a sense of how the Valley works. But the heart of the book remains Clark, who simultaneously does everything from supervise the creation of what may be the world's largest sloop to creating his fourth company (currently in the works). Lewis does a good job of putting Clark's accomplishments in context, and if he is too respectful of Clark's privacy (several marriages and children are mentioned but not elaborated on), he provides a detailed look at the professional life of one of the men who have changed the world as we know it. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

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