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Valley of the Gods ☆ [PDF / Epub] ★ Valley of the Gods By Alexandra Wolfe ✩ – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Reporter Alexandra Wolfe’s biting but admiring story of Silicon Valley and the men and women whose hubris and ambition are changing the worldEach year young people from around the world go to Silico Reporter Alexandra Wolfe’s biting but admiring story of Silicon Valley and the men and women whose hubris and ambition are changing the worldEach year young people from around the world go to Silicon Valley to hatch an idea start a company strike it rich and become powerful and famous In “a jauntily paced anthropological look at Northern California’s techtopia” Bloomberg Businessweek reporter and columnist for The Wall Street Valley of PDF \ Journal Alexandra Wolfe follows three of these upstarts who have “stopped out” of college and real life in the hopes of becoming the next Mark Zuckerberg or Elon Musk Meet the billionaires who go to training clubs for thirty minute “body slams” designed to fit in with the start up schedule; attend parties where people devour peanut butter and jelly sushi rolls; and date and seduce in a romantic culture in which thick glasses baggy jeans and a t shirt is the costume of any sex symbol and where a jacket and tie symbolize mediocrity Through Wolfe’s eyes we discover how they date and marry how they dress and live how they plot and dream and how they have created a business world and an economic order that has made us all devotees of them In her blistering and hysterical examination of this new ruling class Wolfe “offers a revealing peek inside the privilege power and profligacy of Silicon Valley” Town Country Valley of the Gods “captures the absurdity of this brave new world pierces the hype but also conveys the dreams and the passions that can shape a world’s economy” USA TODAY.

  • ebook
  • 272 pages
  • Valley of the Gods
  • Alexandra Wolfe
  • 21 March 2014
  • 9781476778969

10 thoughts on “Valley of the Gods

  1. Tom Armstrong Tom Armstrong says:

    This is a very disjointed book It purports to follow the story of a few of the first class of Thiel Fellows and their decision to forgo college move to Silicon Valley and start companies But it diverges all over the place Uber's government relations Ray Kurzweil etc It also rehashes some tired valley cultural crap everyone wears hoodies where are you on the spectrum etc Overall this is a pretty disappointing book lacking organization

  2. erforscherin erforscherin says:

    I don't usually hand out reviews this low much less for nonfiction but this is truly one of the most terrible excuses for journalism I've ever readRambling and often incoherent it feels like the author ran about eight different articles through a blender and didn't even bother to copy edit; often I'd have to stop several times per chapter and reread a page multiple times because I couldn't follow the train of thought The narrative wanders all over the place jumping from topic to topic at random then going off on some wild unrelated tangent then suddenly chattering on again about the life of someone who was last mentioned twenty pages ago who you now can't rememberMore than that the journalism here is just plain lazy the author recites facts but never connects anything together critically or digs into anyone's motivations at all Even the most basic uestions How did A lead to B and then to C? Why did that person do X instead of Y? How did Z make them feel and what did they do about it? go completely unanswered It's like reading a first grader's book report all uotes and no analysis just empty substanceAnd just in case you think I'm exaggerating about the incoherence here are just a few random examplesZuckerberg took the program as an attack and spent all night writing a JavaScript obfuscatory to break the Winklevi's how the Mark Zuckerberg character jokingly refers to the Winklevoss twins as though Winklevi pronounced winkle vie is the plural of a Latin us ending codeYe gods that was painful even just to type out My kingdom for some punctuation or at least a footnotePolyamory intrigued Burnham though he didn't subscribe to it Friedman did too Granted he wasn't as excited about Friedman's Seasteading InstituteI've reread it five times and still can't make heads or tails of it

  3. Peter Tillman Peter Tillman says:

    Pretty good book on SV culture and people The best stories started out as magazine articles and the worst parts are pretty disjointed She's a good writer and I did mostly enjoy the book skimming over the weakest parts The student stories were the most variable but the best of these were the best parts of the book I can see why the book got mixed reviews 27 stars

  4. Andrew Andrew says:

    35 starsI don't really care about Silicon Valley And I'm even less enamoured with the crazies who inhabit it But this one held my attention as it follows the ups and downs of Peter Thiel's dropout fellows They're the special kids The ones who go to MIT at 14 with no social skills But then they arrive in the Valley and are fêted with copious kale encouraged and worshipped sometimes polyamorously It helps that many are working on immortality projects trying literally to become godsSo take a trip to the Valley

  5. Hannah Hannah says:

    Three chapters in I knew everything I ever didn't want to know about Silicon Valley start ups Then it became a long list of techie names and descriptions of fridge contents and living arrangements that was almost impossible to follow Would have been a great newspaper article but as a book simply tedious

  6. Alex Moskalyuk Alex Moskalyuk says:

    Overly repetitive and delves into needless details such as names of people projects and companies that go nowhere and are mentioned in the book once Entire chapters are dedicated to digressions eg co living that have no relation to the rest of the book contents and could've easily fit into a few paragraphs

  7. Serena Serena says:

    I found this book disjointed and hard to follow I was interested in reading about the distinct culture of Silicon Valley but there was no engaging narrative to follow and the author's feelings seeped into the reporting than I would like I decided not to waste my time about half way through the Gluten Free Open Marriages chapter

  8. Lahiru Perera Lahiru Perera says:

    Just horrible and uninteresting

  9. Rob Galbraith Rob Galbraith says:

    Great portrait of Silicon Valley in the 2010sWolfe does a great job in this tale to peel back much of the culture and zeitgeist of Silicon Valley in the 2010s and given how its culture is permeating and of our lives this is an instructive read that will cause you to reflect on our society as you were taught your upbringing and the importance of a college education to get ahead in life The contrast between elitist East Coast institutions and egalitarian West Coast institutions is really called out My only critiue is that the narrative sometimes feels a bit disjoint some material was previously published as news and magazine articles so the flow is not as smooth at points Overall I recommend this book for anyone trying to go behind the scenes in Silicon Valley to learn about the people and mindset that has shaped their culture and ours

  10. Christin.P Christin.P says:

    Halfway through the book I gave up and a two star rating is generous The main points I couldn't get past Structure of the bookIt's not clear to me what Wolfe's overall storyline is She gets lost too many times in side stories of a gazillion people and it feels like she info dumps just to show off her connections and insights LanguageTypos convoluted sentences missing punctuation typos Who proofread this book before publication? Writing StyleThis book lacks flow and clarity both in style and content A chapter ends and you're left hanging What's her message here? Which conclusions does she draw? Also her observations of the Valley stay very much on the surface people's relationship status partynetworkingwork locations housing situations wardrobe styles to name a few The reader is left to figure out how those pieces of information are in any way relevant to what the tech companies actually doLogicThe timeline is absolutely confusing because Wolfe jumps between people's stories what they work on who they work for One chapter you find yourself in late 2012 the next you're moved back to early 2012 with someone else's story I couldn't keep up With everything that Silicon Valley is known for and pumps out into the world it's beyond me how Wolfe got away with publishing such a low uality book

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