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Author: James Marcus
Publisher: New York : New Press : Distributed by W.W. Norton & Co., ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"James Marcus was hired as a senior editor at Amazon.com in 1996, giving him a ringside seat for the company's explosive rise and dismal wallet-busting swoon. Now - as the e-commerce giant makes an astonishing comeback - he tells all. Unlike the recent crop of dot.com memoirs, this is no tale of a bankrupt and brokenhearted entrepreneur. Marcus came aboard as a self-described "token humanist," and his take on the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: James Marcus; James Marcus
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Marcus
ISBN: 1565848705 9781565848702 1595580247 9781595580245
OCLC Number: 53330767
Description: 261 p. ; 22 cm.
Responsibility: James Marcus.
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"James Marcus was hired as a senior editor at Amazon.com in 1996, giving him a ringside seat for the company's explosive rise and dismal wallet-busting swoon. Now - as the e-commerce giant makes an astonishing comeback - he tells all. Unlike the recent crop of dot.com memoirs, this is no tale of a bankrupt and brokenhearted entrepreneur. Marcus came aboard as a self-described "token humanist," and his take on the new economy juggernaut is predominantly a cultural one. How did the company change as it morphed from a miniscule start-up to a global, multibillion-dollar leviathan? Was the Web breaking more promises than it kept? And finally: What could an editor do to resist being transformed into a hyperventilating shill?" "In answering these questions, Marcus takes us to meetings, job interviews, trade shows, and corporate retreats. We spend a freezing holiday season at the warehouse, and a considerably warmer afternoon at the company's summer picnic - where Bezos himself mans the dunk tank. Amazonia is a guide to America's lost world of the nineties."--BOOK JACKET.

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