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The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by [Stone, Brad]
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Winner of the 2013 Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award

SELECTED AS A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST, FORBES, THE NEW REPUBLIC, THE ECONOMIST, BLOOMBERG, AND GIZMODO, AND AS ONE OF THE TOP 10 INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM BOOKS OF 2013 BY NIEMAN REPORTS

"Mr. Stone tells this story with authority and verve, and lots of well-informed reporting.... A dynamic portrait of the driven and demanding Mr. Bezos." -- Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

"Engrossing.... Stone's long tenure covering both Bezos and Amazon gives his retelling a sureness that keeps the story moving swiftly." -- New York Times Book Review

"Jeff Bezos is one of the most visionary, focused, and tenacious innovators of our era, and like Steve Jobs he transforms and invents industries. Brad Stone captures his passion and brilliance in this well-reported and compelling narrative." -- Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs

"Stone's account moves swiftly and surely." -- New York Times Book Review, "Editor's Choice"

"The Everything Store is a revelatory read for everyone--those selling and those sold to--who wants to understand the dynamics of the new digital economy. If you've ever one-clicked a purchase, you must read this book." -- Steven Levy, author of Hackers and In the Plex

"A deeply reported and deftly written book.... Like Steven Levy's "In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives," and "Gates: How Microsoft's Mogul Reinvented an Industry -- and Made Himself the Richest Man in America" by Stephen Manes and Paul Andrews, it is the definitive account of how a tech icon came to life." -- Seattle Times

"Stone's book, at last, gives us a Bezos biography that can fit proudly on a shelf next to the best chronicles of America's other landmark capitalists." -- Forbes

"Stone's tale of the birth, near-death, and impressive revival of an iconic American company is well worth your time." -- Matthew Yglesias, Slate

"An engaging and fascinating read.... An excellent chronicle of Amazon's rise.... A gift for entrepreneurs and business builders of the new generation." -- Business Insider

"Outstanding.... An authoritative, deeply reported, scoopalicious, nuanced, and balanced take that pulls absolutely no punches." -- Adam Lashinsky, Fortune

"Fair-minded, virtually up-to-the-minute history of the retail and technology behemoth and the prodigious brain behind it.... Stone's inside knowledge of a company ordinarily stingy with information is evident throughout the book.... Stone presents a nuanced portrait of the entrepreneur, especially as he sketches in Bezos' unusual family history and a surprising turn it took during the writing of the book. His reporting on the Kindle's disruption of traditional publishing makes for riveting reading. A must-add to any business bookshelf." -- Kirkus

"Brad Stone has done a remarkable job in The Everything Store, in a way that Bezos would appreciate...." -- The Financial Times

"An immersive play-by-play of the company's ascent.... It's hard to imagine a better retelling of the Amazon origin story." -- The New Republic

"The meticulously reported book has plenty of gems for anyone who cares about Amazon, Jeff Bezos, entrepreneurship, leadership just the lunacy it took to build a company in less than two decades that now employs almost 90,000 people and sold $61 billion worth of, well, almost everything last year." -- Washington Post

"Stone has broken new ground, demonstrating the massive influence Amazon exercises not only in the retail sector, but also throughout society, including government regulation or the lack of it." -- Neiman Reports

"Offers absorbing management insights... Insiders will get a serious glimpse at an industry behemoth." -- San Francisco Chronicle

"A tome that paints a fascinating picture of a remarkable tech entrepreneur." -- The Economist

"Illuminating." -- Salon

"Stone's shoe-leather reporting is what makes the book stand out." -- GeekWire

"As fine a profile of a secretive, fast-growing company as you are likely to encounter." -- Michael Moritz, Chairman, Sequoia Capital, LinkedIn.com

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"An immersive play-by-play of the company's ascent.... It's hard to imagine a better retelling of the Amazon origin story." -- Laura Bennett, New Republic

Amazon.com's visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn't content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become the everything store, offering limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices. To do so, he developed a corporate culture of relentless ambition and secrecy that's never been cracked. Until now.

Brad Stone enjoyed unprecedented access to current and former Amazon employees and Bezos family members, and his book is the first in-depth, fly-on-the-wall account of life at Amazon. The Everything Store is the book that the business world can't stop talking about, the revealing, definitive biography of the company that placed one of the first and largest bets on the Internet and forever changed the way we shop and read.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6633 KB
  • Print Length: 361 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (Oct. 15 2013)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group Digital, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BWQW73E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,048 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Bezos reveals a key concept that he applies throughout the organization. Everybody I've talked to about it misses this concept. I have a friend who created a division and is managing its phenomenal growth. When we last met, this is about all he talked about. The secret is in how Besoz, and hence Amazon, treats dialogue. First, it is for results. Second, and the key, he focusses on processes that are rigorous in making sure the same information is shared by all. They include tough rules of being concise. Few will employ them. These are not so obvious in Charles Koch's book but are similar in style. Learn this, do this, and you'll have a chance of success at transformation efforts.
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Good overview, but the author spends way too much time on employee grievances than he should. I want to know more about Amazon, not about how tough Bezos is to work for! The author beat that subject to death and it detracted from all the good stuff.
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I’ve bought a lot of books from Amazon over the past sixteen years – many of the other lines of stock aren’t available for purchase from Australia, which has occasionally dismayed me. Still, whether I can purchase the Deluxe Librarian Action Figure or not, I’ve been amazed at the diversity of products that Amazon sells, and curious as well, about how Amazon has grown and diversified. So when I had an opportunity to read this book, I seized it with both hands.

‘Amazon may be the most beguiling company that ever existed, and it is just getting started. It is both missionary and mercenary, and throughout the history of business and other human affairs, that has always been a potent combination.’

It’s a very readable book even if it is true that, as Jeff Bezos’s wife MacKenzie Bezos states in her one star review, it contains ‘numerous factual errors’ and constitutes ‘ a lopsided and misleading portrait of the people and culture at Amazon’. Having read Ms Bezos’s review, I’d like to read another book (perhaps as yet unwritten) about Amazon that reflects what Ms Bezos would agree is an accurate portrayal. Why? Because Amazon is changing the way we buy stuff, and is changing the virtual world in ways that we could only dream of ten years ago.

This book is about Amazon. But because Amazon is largely synonymous with Jeff Bezos, it’s not possible to try to understand the company without knowing something about the man behind it. I learned something about where Jeff Bezos came from, something about what has motivated him to become such a successful entrepreneur and quite a lot about the growth of Amazon. Clearly, Jeff Bezos is a man with exceptional drive and focus with a capacity to envision a future and work towards delivering it.
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This has no doubt been said by other reviewers here, but it's interesting to purchase a book about Amazon through Amazon...a book that pulls no proverbial punches in hacking through the kudzu-dense glut of aggrandizement and mystique that has grown up around the mercurial and uncompromisingly bellicose and stubborn Jeff Bezos. Crafting a fascinating, well-written piece in the form of insightful long journalism, author Stone leaves none unturned as he provides a clear and distinctive interpretation of the phenomenal meta-narrative of a mercurial business tycoon whose single-minded focus has both transformed merchandising and is still in the process of creating seismic shifts in the retail landscape. A great balance of business information and biography.
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Been a huge fan of Amazon for a long time. Their fantastic customer service and unbelievable value for the customers is bar none the best value that I have seen from any company since I became a customer in the late 90s. Such a joy compared to the hassle of dealing with retail shopping. This book explains a bit of how that has happened with the Focus of Jeff Bezos and his goal of returning value to his paying customers. Loved reading the book since I learned so much more about the company , and the contributions of Jeff Bezos to technology (web 2.0 , Cloud computing, Affiliate marketing, 1 Click shopping,…) An excellent read. Really enjoyed it, could not put it down until I finished it.
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By Gordon Ritchie TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 8 2014
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As a heavy user of Amazon, I found this to be a fascinating account of how Bezos and his gang managed to change the world. The central premise is that the needs and wishes of the customer drive everything. This simple principle, elevated to an obsession, explains many of the strategies and tactics that led to the Everything Store's remarkable success, at least in book distribution. The account is well written and authoritative. It is mercifully free of the sort of idolatry that is all too common in business histories. Nor is it an unwarranted attack piece. Highly recommended to anyone using this site.
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The Everything Store is a well written book by Brad Stone that describes the growth of Amazon through its trials and tribulations under the disciplined genius of Jeff Bezos. Mr. Bezos established his uncompromising and firm strategic business plan to harness the internet as the vehicle to revolutionize business, with focus on delivering the highest value to the consumer. The book describes the brilliant tactics used to accomplish his business strategic plan and the hurdles he faced, but successfully overcame, in order to accomplish his business plan. The book is a tremendous lesson in ability to stay focussed on objectives while remaining flexible and creative, and adaptable to challenges and change. Jeff Bezos demonstrates the single mindedness of purpose that is a lesson to all those who set their goal to accomplish great things. Without question Brad Stones book on Amazon is one of the most informative and interesting books Ive read in years. I highly recommended the book.

After major inroads into the book business through price cutting, automating service and reducing delivery costs and times,
Amazon challenged historical manufacturers and retailers of a number of hard manufactured goods, including the North American higher margin business of jewelry, brand name tools, etc. bringing to the customer new opportunities to obtain quality products at reduced costs in a timely fashion. Jeff Benzos chose a strategies of selling large volumes at lower prices, facilitating market growth, and increased market share with positive cash flow cycles leading to market domination; which, in turn, provided strong negotiating position for facilitating Amazons further expansion and growth . Adding attractive new products at every opportunity.
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