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How the Internet Happened: From Netscape to the iPhone

How the Internet Happened: From Netscape to the iPhone

Tech-guru Brian McCullough delivers a rollicking history of the internet, why it exploded, and how it changed everything.

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ISBN 9781631493072
Barcode 9781631493072
Published 27 November 2018 by WW Norton & Co
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By McCullough, Brian
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ISBN-13 9781631493072
ISBN-10 1631493078
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher WW Norton & Co
Imprint Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication Date 27 November 2018
International Publication Date 23 October 2018
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By McCullough, Brian
Category Impact Of Science & Technology On Society
Inventions & Inventors
Number of Pages 400
Dimensions Width: 163mm
Height: 244mm
Spine: 33mm
Weight 640g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Internet - History
NBS Text Inventions & Technology: General Interest
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 004.678
Catalogue Code 949469

Description of this Book

The internet was never intended for you, opines Brian McCullough in this lively narrative of an era that utterly transformed everything we thought we knew about technology. In How the Internet Happened, he chronicles the whole fascinating story for the first time, beginning in a dusty Illinois basement in 1993, when a group of college kids set off a once-in-an-epoch revolution with what would become the first dotcom. Depicting the lives of now-famous innovators like Netscape's Marc Andreessen and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, McCullough also reveals surprising quirks and unknown tales as he tracks both the technology and the culture around the internet's rise. Cinematic in detail and unprecedented in scope, the result both enlightens and informs as it draws back the curtain on the new rhythm of disruption and innovation the internet fostered, and helps to redefine an era that changed every part of our lives.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review How the Internet Happened is destined to become the definitive text on how the web became big business-and came to dominate every facet of our lives, from communication to commerce. Painstakingly researched and deftly written, McCullough gives us a comprehensive guide to the startups and CEOs who ushered in the internet age. -- Brian Merchant, author of The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone For those of us who've grown up with computers and the Internet, McCullough offers an insider's look at the unplanned and undirected romp that enabled the web to infiltrate our lives. He provides fresh perspectives on the famous names - including Gates, Page, Jobs and Zuckerberg - but, more entertainingly, introduces the lesser-known geniuses, like Sean Parker with Napster and Plaxo, as well as the academic godfathers, such as J.C.R. Licklider of ARPA. McCullough sprinkles his well-told tale with trivia nuggets, such as the first web advertisement being for a Silicon Valley law firm, and he shows how success resulted from some combination of timing, brilliance, and an uncanny awareness that consumers want unlimited selection and instant gratification. How the Internet Happened is a fast-paced and enjoyable perspective on our lives, as well as a compelling exploration for how humanity and computers came together in profound ways. -- Richard Munson, author of Tesla: Inventor of the Modern Brian McCullough vividly recounts the brilliant hunches, happy accidents, and fortuitous timing that converged to create the first 25 years of the internet era. Even for those of us who lived through it, it's astonishing to step back and realize the scale of the changes in human habits, communication, and society as a whole that have occurred in just one generation. -- Chris Anderson, head of TED

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Author's Bio

Brian McCullough is a two-decade veteran of the internet industry and the founder of various web-based startups. Host of the Internet History Podcast, he was named a 2016 TED Resident. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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