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The Nudist on the Late Shift: And Other True Tales of Silicon Valley Paperback – May 2 2000


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books; Reprint edition (May 2 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767906039
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767906036
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.2 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,688,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Format: Paperback
The first few chapters were compelling, humorous and downright thoughtful. After that, the format became a bit tired. The characters portrayed here are homogenized to the point that you find the same story repeating itself, over and over. It just became boring after a while. Read the first two or three chapters and enjoy. From there, proceed with caution.
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Format: Paperback
I enjoyed this book; I liked the way Bronson chose the themes for each Chapter, such as The Enterpreneurs, The Programmers, The Salespeople etc. It did show both how many of the people in Silicon Valley 'live on another planet', and it also showed how they've transformed this planet for many of the rest of us.
I particularly enjoyed the Chapter dedicated to the IPO of Actuate, not just because I'm an Actuate customer, but because until now I hadn't fully understood how IPO's happen, and now I feel I do (that Chapter in isolation would have rated a 5 from me).
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The economic and cultural situation in the San Francisco area around the turn of the 21st century has been described as being similar to that of the 1850's gold rush in the same area. Now that the boom is over, Po Bronson's book is just as entertaining as Mark Twain's tales of the gold rush days. As another "one who was there", I recognize the heady atmosphere, the excesses that seemed reasonable at the time, the temerity with which a bold few reached out to grab everything they could.
One anecdote early in the book really hits home with me. Bronson mentions an article about Siebel Systems, one of the darling stocks of the 1999-2000 boom. He relates how, after the article first appeared, he received an e-mail from a Siebel employee about how working for the company was ruining his life. When I read the book, I was working for Siebel Systems and its stock was flying high. I laughed at Bronson's story. A year later, working for Siebel had ruined my life, and I left the company in early 2001...
That's just the perspective of one disillusioned employee of one company, but the same story was repeated all throughout Silicon Valley, Silicon Alley, and the rest of the dot-com universe. This book gives you a great picture of life during the boom. For the "after" picture, just look at today's headlines.
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Format: Paperback
'The Nudist on the Late Shift' is an above average commentary on life before/during the birth of the dotcom. This book includes numerous stories about life in Silicon Valley - the Shangra-La of geekdom. It was written during the boom period of the valley. Being a geek myself, I read the book a couple of years ago. It has some very humerous and interesting stories. Those in the software or computer profession, will probably relate to this book the best. Or maybe if you're not in the computer field, it will provide a slightly skewed glimpse into the industry.
Po's 'The First $20 Million is Always the Hardest', a novel, is a better example of his work, and Cringely's 'Accidental Empires' is a better read on Silicon Valley.
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By "h20jock" on Oct. 19 2002
Format: Paperback
I felt this was a fairly interesting and relevant story. It seems that Bronson is trying to perform in the shadow of Michael Lewis and unfortunately finds himself as a second fiddle.
Although Bronson is a second rate author in this genre, I have to credit him for coming up with intriguing information and exciting first hand accounts of slithery success.
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Format: Paperback
Well I'l leave that for you to figure out as to who and where the nudist is but I had fun reading this book. Being one of the techie myself in the bay area but not a dotcom-er it was interesting to read the inside scoop on the wheeling and dealings of some of the cyber companies. The insider IPO tale of one of them is downright amazing. The ending is kinda blah and Po lingers forever on that stupid clock story.
I think people who have not experienced the valley-phenomena yet would find this book even more amusing since the locals tend to take a lot of things for g-r-a-n-t-e-d!
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Format: Paperback
For an industry that moves as fast as it does and for a stock market that is even more fickle you would think this book would only be relavant fow a month or two after its release. However, I did not read it until this past June and found it to be a great look into a certain place that will still exist after the hype is long gone.
Bronson's writing makes for a quick read and yes while it is true that there is not much in the way of technical detail in here, I never thought that would be in this book. If you want to technical stuff read a programming manual.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a very good book. Po Bronson presents us a collection of stories that really gives the reader an insightful view of Sillicon Valley. A friend of mine who works in Sillicon Valley said that it describes the culture perfectly.
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