The Everything Store

The Everything Store

Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

Book - 2013
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This book is the definitive story of, one of the most successful companies in the world, and of its driven, brilliant founder, Jeff Bezos. started off delivering books through the mail. But its 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, giving readers the first in-depth, fly-on-the-wall account of life at Amazon. Compared to tech's other elite innovators -- Jobs, Gates, Zuckerberg -- Bezos is a private man. But he stands out for his restless pursuit of new markets, leading Amazon into risky new ventures like the Kindle and cloud computing, and transforming retail in the same way Henry Ford revolutionized manufacturing. The Everything Store will be 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. - Publisher.
The first fly-on-the-wall narrative account of the world's largest online retailer and its genius creator, Jeff Bezos.
Publisher: New York, NY : Little Brown and Co., 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316219266
Branch Call Number: 381. 45 STO
A 381.45 STONE
Characteristics: 372 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly colored) ; 24 cm


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Jun 11, 2021

Please read How to Resist Amazon and Why by Danny Caine. Be sure to read the one published by Microcosm which is more expensive than the much cheaper ($4.95 list) "zine". pg. 81 is well worth the additional cost. Interestingly you can not buy it from Amazon but your public library may have a very few copies. And your local independent book store can get you a copy.

Dec 29, 2020

Leo 4 stars

Dec 26, 2020

An interesting book, although did not agree with some of the attitudes of the author so won't be rating this. Would like to mention a backstory, though --- and while you can never be certain as to the veracity, in talking to some closer to it then I, believe it to be true. Following the financial news --- have no interest in Finance but "following the money" is the surest way to the truth --- I noticed the real estate purchases of Bezos prior to his affair becoming public knowledge, leading to his divorce, and they sure looked like he was positioning himself for a run on the presidency. Then Bezos slipped up and gave the iPhone # to that Saudi prince which also contained his contacts with Ms. Sanchez. The Saudi royal --- believing Bezos exerted iron control over WaPo the way the Saudis exert iron control over their own media (or the type of absolute censorship routinely practiced in Seattle/King County) then had Bezos' cell hacked into, exposing Bezos' illicit affair which would end his marriage (and possibly scuttle a future presidential run). Of course, we have much to fear when the super-rich run for elective office --- look at Mikey Bloomberg (who believes Xi Jinping of communist China to be their democratically elected president/emperor, according to his interview on PBS with Eleanor Hoover ---- loved that interview and the way Ms. Hoover was taken aback!!! God bless her!) spending $1 billion and NOT becoming the next president --- have to get the $$$ out of politics else Mikey gets elected!? [It's not the $$$ money in politics that's the problem --- it's the secretiveness in the source and how it is spent --- THAT was the crux of the problem with the bizarre Supreme Court/Citizens United decision! All the monies flowing in from the CCP --- through their Chinese Progressive Associations in Vancouver, BC and Boston, into Freedom Road Socialist Organization, BLM --- unnecessary now with all the pro-China donations from Corporate America --- and various environmental groups, a real favorite venue of the Chicoms, can and has caused much subversion of what remains of American democracy!]

Dec 24, 2020

This is perhaps the best book on an Internet success-- that focuses on the principles of the founder as well as the trials both failures and successes of the emergent company. Thru this one company and its history, we view the growth of the Internet into a business sector. A masterful job, well written, organized and researched thick with participant inputs.


Informative and kind of scary. One of those books that you wish you had access to in the 90s/2000s.

Jun 01, 2017

An interesting look at Bezos' childhood & his intense concentration on building Amazon into the retail empire it is today--along with its technologies like AWS cloud services. Sadly, the "use-'em-up" culture toward his employees seems to get sympathetic treatment from the author; perhaps as the company matures, this harshness will change. There are some funny scenes like "Save Santa" where the overloaded company pulls everyone onboard to make deliveries happen.

drudofsky Sep 15, 2015

Jeff Bezos' personna and the evolution of Amazon is an intrinsically interesting story, and author Stone has dug out great anecdotes and pieced them together in a very compelling way.

carmeloanthony Jan 26, 2014

This is a great book really shows you the depths of amazon

debwalker Oct 23, 2013

Timely insider expose of ruthless business tactics and a deliberate strategy to destroy small publishers - "The company's relationship with those publishers was called the Gazelle Project after Mr. Bezos said Amazon 'should approach these small publishers the way a cheetah would pursue a sickly gazelle.'"

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