• by Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by Michael Lewis
  • 6 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In Liar's Poker, the barbarians seized control of the bond markets. In The New New Thing some guys from Silicon Valley redefined the American economy. Now, with his knowing eye and wicked pen, Michael Lewis reveals how much the Internet boom has encouraged great changes in the way we live, work, and think. He finds that we are in the midst of one of the greatest status revolutions in the history of the world, and the Internet turns out to be a weapon in the hands of revolutionaries. Old priesthoods - lawyers, investment gurus, professionals in general - are toppling right and left. In the new order of things, the amateur, or individual, is king: 14-year-old children manipulate the stock market and 19-year-olds take down the music industry. Deep, unseen forces are undermining all forms of collectivism, from the family to the mass market: one little black box has the power to end television as we know it, and another one - also attached to the television set - may dictate significant changes in our practice of democracy. Where does it all lead? And will we like where we end up?


What the Critics Say

"Engaging and irreverent." (Publishers Weekly)
"Mr. Lewis is a gifted journalist and a smart observer." (The Wall Street Journal)
"Entertaining, thought-provoking." (


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Customer Reviews

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Worth your time

This book brought to light several very interesting events and technologies currently directing change in our society. While it hinted at general trends in power shifts and the effects of certain technologies, it didn't do a great job of synthesizing what exactly the author thinks is coming up.

This isn't really a positive or negative, but the book definitely provoked more questions than it gave answers. It also looked more at current happenings than predicting future ones. That said, it succeeded at picking out some great representative case studies of how our lives are truly being changed by technology. Most succesfully, it described a power shift. With the value of experience decreasing, and being replaced by an openness to new habits and thinking best embodied by children.

I didn't get everything I hoped for out of this book, but I was very pleased with what I did get. I look forward to this authors next book, and definitely think "Next" is more than worth your time.
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- Jason

Must read

More through a series of seemingly disjointed tales about the Net, the author tries to take a look into the crystal ball that is technology and see what the future holds. The seperate stories themselves are pretty interesting just as stand-alones, though I'm still not clear what the central point (if there is one) that the author is trying to make. Still, forecasting the future and making sense of the present is hard business to be in, and the author does a good job of presenting his material in a straight-forwards and understandable manner. It's worth a read if you're at all interested in how technology is shaping our world.
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- Yicheng

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-10-2001
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio