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“Steven Levy is the founding guru of technology journalism. Few other writers can harness both access to top figures and critical insight informed by decades of reporting on Silicon Valley. His Facebook book will be a blockbuster, a penetrating account of the momentous consequences of a reckless young company with the power to change the world.”—Brad Stone, author of The Everything Store and The Upstarts
“Exhaustive and well-paced history of the tech giant . . . Levy’s narrative is richly detailed, thanks to interviews with Facebookers past and present. . . . Levy’s account of Zuckerberg’s abbreviated Harvard tenure and Facebook’s early years feels fresh, with plenty of color that reminds you the HBO show Silicon Valley did not have to reach far for its satire.”—NPR.org
“Comprehensive and captivating history.”—The Wall Street Journal
“Levy writes with verve . . . [he] is able to trace the origins of the Cambridge Analytica scheme to Facebook’s disregard for the privacy concerns of the first users. . . . In discussing the development of the News Feed and advertising, Levy foreshadows the future misuse by rogue actors, including Russia’s Internet Research Agency, the group charged by Special Counsel Robert Mueller with interfering in the election. . . . [He] doesn’t shy from asking the tough questions.”—The Washington Post
“The social-media behemoth Facebook comes across as an idealistic but also shady, exploitative, and increasingly beleaguered entity in this clear-eyed history. . . . Levy had extensive access to Facebook employees and paints a revealing and highly critical portrait of the company as it wrangled with charges that it violated users’ privacy by sharing their data with advertisers and political operatives, and served as a vector for manipulative fake news, pro-Trump Russian propaganda, and hate speech.”—Publishers Weekly
“Steven Levy’s all-access Facebook reflects the reputational swan dive of its subject. Levy is the dean of tech writers; Facebook’s brass gave him the run of the C-suite. The result is evenhanded and devastating.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“Fresh, up-to-date, and insider-ish.”—The Economist
“Respected tech writer Levy (In the Plex, 2011) presents the definitive story of Facebook. . . . Given unfettered access to Zuckerberg and the company during the last three years, Levy is able to illustrate how the company developed under the influence of Zuckerberg’s acknowledged hypercompetitiveness. . . . This absorbing book will inspire important conversations about big tech and privacy in the twenty-first century.”—Booklist
“The value of this book lies in its putting together all the pieces of Facebook’s privacy troubles, algorithms, and the Cambridge Analytica affair.”—Library Journal
“Steven Levy, who reported [on Facebook] over three years, is one of the best writers about tech, period. His access—through the company and around it—is impressive.”—The Information, February Book Club Pick
“I highly recommend this . . . It is probably the best read on a high-tech big wig that is changing history that I’ve read in a long, long, long time. I heartily and highly recommend it. Bring some popcorn with you when you read it.”—Neil Cavuto on Cavuto: Coast to Coast
“[Levy] consistently demonstrates how he’s driven by the facts rather than by any philosophical or political agenda. And that’s exactly why, once Levy has layered on so many new facts about Facebook, its principals, and its various lapses and betrayals, piling on the details from hundreds of interviews, putting all the pieces of every part of Facebook’s story into one place, his most evenhanded conclusions are still damning. . . . What all Facebook’s critics, and the tech industry’s critics, will have in common is this: Going forward, we all will be citing stuff we learned from Levy’s Facebook: The Inside Story.”—Reason
“Levy portrays a tech company where no one is taking responsibility for what it has unleashed. . . . The book closes with a recognition that Facebook is bulldozing ahead with new innovations—from Facebook dating to its Libra digital currency project—while Zuckerberg continues to shrug off any ethical queries about his past behavior.”—Financial Times
“In Facebook: The Inside Story, Levy turns his massively insightful gaze to the trajectory of Facebook from its birth, its dizzying growth, and its embattled present, when its reputation is extensively scarred. . . . All in all, Levy capably takes us into FB’s office, and into the mind-sets of its engineers. He does so in a brilliantly readable narrative. Indeed, Levy’s expertise at narrative nonfiction—the use of scenes, dialogue, and other techniques, to create a story on the page—is ample, and it shows in the smooth and pacy flow of this book; as does his ability to go beyond bits, bytes, and balance-sheets to map the mind-spaces of the techies behind Facebook, their ambitions, creative impulses, greed, and desire to succeed. . . . One of the (numerous) merits of reading this book: it makes you think about how your online self and networks are sculpted, at least in part, by people sitting continents away, in what ways, how the online self is grafted onto the flesh-and-blood one, and how the online self is manipulated, tweaked, even exploited. Take a bow, Steven Levy.”—MoneyControl.com
“Wired editor Steven Levy uses tales from Zuckerberg’s early life, pages from his handwritten journals, and encounters with company execs to add texture and color to the familiar Facebook origin story. He creates an intimate portrait of Zuckerberg’s competitive nature and goals and how they have informed the company’s zealous pursuit of growth over the last decade. It’s a timely probe into the tech company’s motivations around data privacy, disinformation, and corporate responsibility.”—Mashable
“Steven Levy charts the novelty, the thrusting, and the hubris of Facebook, which in many ways reflects the personality of its still wholly dominant founder. He presents some extraordinary facts in a racy and riveting mainly chronological narrative.”—The Critic
About the Author
- ASIN : B07V8CL7RH
- Publisher : Blue Rider Press (February 25, 2020)
- Publication date : February 25, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 2499 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
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- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 592 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
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In short, don't believe everything you read—especially when written by journalists who boast about years of access to billionaires and their accomplices. Access journalism isn't journalism, it's corporate propaganda, and this is sadly no different.
Levy cannot write for more than a few pages without hurling insults at Facebook, Zuck, or any of its many employees. Seriously - open up and read any few pages at random to see for yourself. There's nothing objective about this writing; a smear campaign, at best.
Don't just take my word for it - read Aaron Greenspan's one-star review of this book, where he calls out Levy for his factuallly inaccurate retelling of Aaron's story from their interview together in 2018 (Greenspan is a former college friend of Zuck's, who makes a number of appearances in the earlier chapters of the book.) Why would Levy intentionally misrepresent the facts if he was not biased in his feelings and sentiments towards Zuck, Facebook, or any of its employees?
This is so dishonest I don't know how Levy views himelf as a person with integrity. I highly reccomend never buying this fiction.
This book, written by an editor of Wired is a comprehensive story of how Facebook was started and its development from a dorm room at Harvard to one of the most valuable public companies in the world. The author had access to Mark Zukerberg and other top executives and contains their responses to the difficulties and motives of creating things like the news feed (I fail to understand the attraction -if I want to read the NYT, I will read the NYT -why would I be interested in random rants “published” by agenda driven organizations or groups that literally have no interest in fact checking) and acquiring their competitors. The author also explains enough of the technical requirements that were created in order to fuel facebooks growth for their reader to understand the basic concepts, but spares us the details that would only be of interest to engineers. The book is heavily footnoted, proving that the author is determined to reference every possible source which provided him information. The narrative covers Facebook through its efforts to offer internet access to the underserved, the creation of its flop of a phone, the acquisitions of WhatsApp and Instagram and the 2016 Cambridge Analytica fiasco. It leaves us with Facebook still struggling with the role of policing/editing its users’ posts that has been thrust upon the company.
The reason that I didn’t give the book five stars is that the author clearly feels that Facebook should be responsible for any content that its users post and spends a lot of time criticizing Facebook for not embracing this “duty”.. I happen to feel that facebook users are not journalists and anyone who actually thinks that a post by any entity other than a major newspaper or magazine with the appropriate goals and fact checking staff is in anything other than the post-er or the author’s opinion is too stupid or naive to be worthy of any such protection. I believe this whole issue can be settled by Facebook appending the following warning to its interface, that should pop up every time a user logs on “Warning: Facebook does not verify, edit or otherwise fact check any information in any of the posts you may read on this page. You should assume that any information, other than that posted by a major news publication, is biased, false or otherwise not to be relied upon. Proceed at your own risk.”
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The extent to which the author goes to paint Zuckerberg as an innocent, idealistic do-gooder (clearly assuming the readers to be ignorant, ill-aware, ill-read villagers) is a howler.
Frankly - if you don't pick this one, you won't miss much.
What's clear, after reading this book, is that Zuckerberg, while well-intentioned, ended up creating a bit of a monster after he opened up Facebook to the general population. The book is very well written and edited. It's a bit long though.
I personally stopped using Facebook in 2014 and deleted my account when it was clear to me that FB was passing my private information to others, and it became too bloated, full of "fake news", ads, and increasingly irrelevant to me. In fact, after I deleted my account, I no longer got spam emails - proof positive that my email address and other info was passed on by FB to third parties without my knowledge - something the book illustrates in spades with countless examples.
After reading this book, I came to the conclusion that the world was just fine without Facebook, and, if it should go away today, the sun will still rise tomorrow.