The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

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“An immersive play-by-play of the company’s ascent…. It’s hard to imagine a better retelling of the Amazon origin story.” — Laura Bennett, New Republic

Amazon.com’s visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn’t content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become the everything store, offering limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices. To do so, he developed a corporate culture of relentless ambition and secrecy that’s never been cracked. Until now.

Brad Stone enjoyed unprecedented access to current and former Amazon employees and Bezos family members, and his book is the first in-depth, fly-on-the-wall account of life at Amazon. The Everything Store is the book that the business world can’t stop talking about, the revealing, definitive biography of the company that placed one of the first and largest bets on the Internet and forever changed the way we shop and read.

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3 Comments

  1. I did like this book I wasn’t really planning on reviewing this book, because I was mentioned in it several times and it didn’t seem appropriate. But several other people who were also mentioned in the book have already posted reviews, and in fact, MacKenzie Bezos, in her well known 1-star review, suggested that other “characters” might “step out of books” and “speak for themselves”.I was at Amazon for the first 5 years of its existence, so I also have firsthand experience of…

  2. More about Bezos and less about Amazon Many business books seem less concerned about business and more about personalities. This book is more revealing about Bezos’ idiosyncrasies and personality quirks than about Amazon’s business strategies. I felt similarly about Isaacson’s bio of Jobs; it was more about Jobs’ weirdness than his business thinking. Yet, we care about Bezos’ persona only because of Amazon. This book does retell the known facts about how Amazon came to be; these will largely be familiar to readers who follow…

  3. Interesting, surface-level read about the complexity and mindset behind Amazon As somebody who has been familiar with Amazon since they began (tech in Seattle is a small world), Amazon has always been in my peripherals so I was already somewhat familiar with Amazon’s stigma, especially in this city, as well as what a lot of people have had to say about Amazon. This book only really scratches the surface of the mindset of Jeff and his executive team throughout the course of Amazon’s history, but if you can take an objective viewpoint and read between the lines of the book…

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