TOTALLY WIRED

ON THE TRAIL OF THE GREAT DOTCOM SWINDLE


‘humane and garrulous... in a charming style which could be described as gadget-dad gonzo, Smith captures the tulip-tinged froth of Nineties cyberculture with great accuracy.’

The Independent


‘A lively account of the internet’s early days exposes some of its worst excesses.

Josh Harris made $85m from the first dot-com boom, and invited his friends to blow it in a chaotic whirl of sex, drugs, and experimental living online’

Sunday Times Magazine



Andrew Smith wrote that brilliant book - Moondust - which reminded us of the wonder of the Apollo programme. This book does the same for a much more recent technological miracle - the internet. Browsers, websites, email and messaging are so much part of our lives now that it's disorientating to realise how recently they were invented. It's amusing and thought-provoking to be reminded what life was like before and what the "internet" looked like before browsers. I'd completely forgotten about compuserve and AOL. I'd never even heard of Josh Harris. Smith paints a vivid, engaging portrait of a gigantic, contradictory, infuriating character who helped create the present.  A brilliant, funny, important book.

Frank Cottrell Boyce, writer

’24 Hour Party People’, ‘Millions’


In his first book, Moondust, Smith interviewed the nine remaining astronauts who had walked on the moon; here he talks to the early internet pioneers to piece together another pivotal moment in human history

The Financial Times


Telling the story of the rise of the internet and its all-pervasive influence on our culture, what emerges is both utterly absorbing and highly entertaining

The  Oldie