Read Valley of the Gods: A Silicon Valley Story Online Free - In a riveting, hilarious account, reporter Alexandra Wolfe exposes a world that is not flat but bubbling—the men and women of Silicon Valley, whose hubris and ambition are changing the world.
Each 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 The Valley of the Gods, Wolfe follows three of these upstarts who have “stopped out” of college and real life to live and work in Silicon Valley in the hopes of becoming the next Mark Zuckerberg or Elon Musk. No one has yet documented the battle for the brightest kids, kids whose goals are no less than making billions of dollars—and the fight they wage in turn to make it there. They embody an American cultural transformation: A move away from the East Coast hierarchy of Ivy Leagues and country clubs toward the startup life and a new social order.
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.
A blistering, brilliant, and hysterical examination of this new ruling class, The Valley of the Gods presents tomorrow’s strange new normal where the only outward signs of tech success are laptops and ideas.
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February 22, 2017
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...
August 21, 2017
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 read.
Rambling and often incoherent, it feels like the author ran about eight different articles through a blender and didn't even bother to copy edit...
November 09, 2016
I 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...
March 19, 2017
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 (e.g. co-living) that have no relation to the rest of the book contents, and could've easily fit int...
March 05, 2017
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, s...
June 08, 2017
I found this book disjointed and hard to follow. I was interested in reading more about the distinct culture of Silicon Valley but there was no engaging narrative to follow, and the author's feelings seeped into the reporting more than I would like. I decided not to waste my time about half-way t...
August 26, 2017
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 book
It'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 sh...
May 05, 2017
Was really intrigued by the topic, but after many major grammatical errors, I'm done with this book. I'm giving it one extra star for the clever title. However, apart from the clever title, the actual content is full of very basic grammatical mistakes that should have been caught. Examples: on pa...
July 13, 2017
t is like being there! This humorous and engaging book lets you effectively sit on the shoulder of a few people who have sought to follow their Silicon Valley dream, hustling, moving and shaking to make their mark and hopefully – one day – get their fortune. Disappointment, however, may be their...
August 06, 2017
I'm a voyeuristic person in tech who likes Silicon Valley (both in real life and as a topic) and loved Tom Wolfe, but I couldn't get past the second chapter of this book, which I paid full price for (I never do that!). It received a positive review in a womens' magazine I trusted until now.