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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; 1 edition (Jan. 18 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140296468
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140296464
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 12.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #107,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The original plan, which Lord knows didn't mean very much when that plan had been made by Jim Clark, was that we would test the boat quickly in the North Sea and then sail it across the Atlantic Ocean. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 28 2003
Format: Paperback
I've enjoyed other books my Michael Lewis (esp. Liar's Poker) but this one was sickening. He treats every action and word from Jim Clark as manna from heaven, apparently on the basis that Jim Clark is rich, therefore he must be a genius. One hopes that the 97% slide in Healtheon's stock may have set him straight on this. This book was [hard] to read in 2000. By now there might be a certain unintentional humor in reading this kind of pandering, knowing better, but a couple of hundred pages of it is probably more black humor than you need. For actual information about silicon valley and the dotcom era, try High Stakes, No Prisoners by Charles Ferguson, or Nudist on the Late Shift, by Po Bronson.
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By Joe on April 5 2000
Format: Hardcover
I was really looking forward to reading this book, especially after such rave reviews from the New York Times etc. The book starts out slow and then continues to dribble on. The story is as much about Michael Lewis as it is about Jim Clark. The boat story is dragged on way too long, and what is the message? Maybe I just missed the point, but there appears not to be one. So, Jim Clark was successful and a cowboy. If that is it, then this should have been a good story in a magazine. It is too much of the same thing said over and over again. I really had hoped I would enjoy this book.
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When Lewis set out to write this book, he was attempting to expose and satirize silicon valley in the same way he had skewered wall street in his previous books. In the course of writing the book, he is introduced to Jim Clark. The New New Thing then becomes a hagiography of Clark's personality, ambitions, and achievements. Though I found the book entertaining and well-written, I was disappointed that the author casts such an unskeptical eye on Clark. Lewis saves his satire for the one person that most readers could empathize with - Allan (the Captain of Clark's boat) and an internet investor. One quarter of the book is devoted to Lewis's time on Clark's yacht - this narrative is wholly gratuitous and lends little to the story other than to show that the author had unparalleled acess to Clark. This book would be richer, if a preface was added. Lewis wrote this book before the NASDAQ topped off in March 2000 - and one wonders if Lewis would assign Clark any responsibility for the hype that was created and the real life consequences for those who lost large amounts of money in the ensuing crash.
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Format: Paperback
Very well written but gives an insight into Clark's life more than an insight into Silicon Valley. Reads more like a biography and does not capture the wheeling dealing in Silicon Valley whcih the reader might have expected to see.
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Michael Lewis is the author of several entertaining books, such as Liar's Poker (1989), Next: The Future Just Happened (2001), Moneyball (2003).
The author explains that it was not his intention to write an autobiography about Jim Clark, but he was trying to capture the entrepreneurial spirit of Silicon Valley. However, due to the amazing enthusiasm of multiple entrepreneur Jim Clark Lewis ends up following Clark. Jim Clark, who originally was a technology professor, is the first person to start 3 companies that each exceed a market valuation of $1 billion each: Silicon Graphics, Netscape, Healtheon. The book starts with the maiden trial of Jim Clark's multi-million dollar yacht 'Hyperion'. This enormous yacht is full of (ridiculous) technology and should be able sail on its own. The trial of the 'Hyperion' is just the start of an almost endless list of crazy, wild stories about technology companies, Internet start-ups, and IPOs'. The author seems to have trouble keeping up with Jim Clark's ideas and (true) stories.
Yes, I do like this book. Although it mainly focuses on multi-entrepeneur Jim Clark, it also describes the stories behind various Internet-companies (AOL, Yahoo!, Microsoft, etc.) and the Internet bubble. The writing style of the author is extremely entertaining, while still containing lots of information and facts. The book feels like a rollercoaster, but it is great fun!! I recommend it highly.
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Format: Paperback
Lewis takes what would be a boring subject to most people and turns it into an interesting and creative book. Lewis combines the history of the Internet and a narrative to create a book that teaches readers about the business world. Since this book was not just history, it made me interested in what Lewis was writing about.
"The New New World" is about Jim Clark setting out to conform his business to the coorporate world he is competing against. Clark is the founder of three multi-billion dollar companies and must compete against other multi-billion dollar companies such as Microsoft to stay successful.
Through this book you are able to see the business world in a new light. It is not what some people might see it as. "The New New World" is an intriging book that changes the conventional thinking to a new world of thinking through the mind of Jim Clark.
It is a good book that combines the business world, economics and a narrative to create a book that allows readers to see the new way to look at the business world.
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By A Customer on April 15 2003
Format: Paperback
I found the book New New Thing to be quite interesting about Jim Clark's ideas and how he took them beyond thoughts and turned them into reality ahead of their time. Michael Lewis wrote the book in a manner that was different from what I am used to reading. The story jumped around from the sailboat, Clark's childhood, to the venture capitalist and engineers involved in Clark's businesses back to the boat and again about his personal life with his family. If I were a person looking to read a book about the technology ideas of Clark's I would have to say that this would not be the book. It comes across as a 'soap opera'.

However, I did enjoy reading how Clark founded the companies Netscape and Healtheon. He is a very determined individual and does not put up with people standing in his way. He has the guts to do what he wants to do. You learn how Clark made millions from ideas that others thought would not. I found it to be an enjoyable read about technology and Silicon Valley.
And finally, Clark was somewhat successful in sailing his boat across the ocean to the states, with many glitches with the computers and some human interaction.
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