Cassidy, a leading financial journalist and a staff writer at "The New Yorker, " relates the stories of Netscape, Yahoo!, America Online, Amazon.com, and other Internet companies. In a lively and entertaining narrative, he traces the rise of Internet stocks and the development of a populist stock market culture to the end of the Cold War. The Internet stock bubble wasn't just about goggle-eyed day traderstrying to get rich on the Nasdaq and goateed twenty-five-year-olds playing wannabe Bill Gates. It was also about an America that believed it had discovered the secret of eternal prosperity: it said something about all of us, and what we thought about ourselves, as the twenty-first century dawned. John Cassidy's Dot.con brings this tumultuous episode to life. Moving from the Cold War Pentagon to Silicon Valley to Wall Street and into the homes of millions of Americans, Cassidy tells the story of the great boom and bust in an authoritative and entertaining narrative. Featuring all the iconic figures of the Internet era -- Marc Andreessen, Jeff Bezos, Steve Case, Alan Greenspan, and many others -- and with a new Afterword on the aftermath of the bust, Dot.con is a panoramic and stirring account of human greed and gullibility.
: Dot. Con: How America Lost Its Mind and Money in the Internet Era