Smith goes in search of the elusive internet pioneer Josh Harris.  When he eventually finds him in a compound in Ethiopia, he learns the truth about the spectacular and mysterious dotcom boom and bust of the late 1990s.


He uncovers the methods of the ruthless financiers who orchestrated the bust - chillingly prescient of the property bust which collapsed our present economy - and wrestles with the most perplexing question of our times: how will the new ‘connective’ technologies transform real human relationships?



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THE WILD RISE AND CRAZY FALL OF THE FIRST DOTCOM DREAM


‘effervescent...vivid...this is a book whose time has come’

Sunday Times


‘A high-energy romp through the digital boom-and-bust that has lessons for today ... the ‘Social Network’ meets ‘Hammer of the Gods’ via Warhol’s Factory’

The Independent


‘a slice of life never to be repeated...fascinating...peppered with enjoyable anecdotes’

The Observer


‘Fascinatingly weird...terrific’

The Guardian


‘essential and thrilling... 

A brilliant, funny, important book’

Frank Cottrell Boyce, writer

’24 Hour Party People’, ‘Millions’


‘the first great analysis of the internet era’

The Nation


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