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The Nudist On the Late Shift

The Nudist On the Late Shift

(1999)
And Other True Tales of Silicon Valley
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Perhaps more than anywhere else, Silicon Valley in the latter part of the 20th century has come to represent the essence of the American dream. Its economy has resembled the various rushes and booms of the 1800s. The Valley is a unique place in a unique time, where just about anyone with a good idea, an aptitude for hard work, and a boatload of luck has a chance to make it big--really big. In The Nudist on the Late Shift, Po Bronson intends to capture the spirit of the Valley, leading us through a series of vignettes that takes us from a "near brush with sudden wealth" to a $400 million buyout; from life on the edge with a group of Java programmers to the plight of a futurist writer with the looming deadline for a 9,000-word article. For Bronson, the appeal of the Valley is this:
Every generation that came before us had to make a choice in life between pursuing a steady career and pursuing wild adventures. In Silicon Valley, that trade-off has been recircuited. By injecting mind-boggling risk into the once stodgy domain of gray-suited business, young people no longer have to choose. It's a two-for-one deal: the career path has become an adventure into the unknown.
Like Tracy Kidder's Soul of a New Machine, what makes Bronson's book work is a talent for narrative. He presents compelling stories about those who make it--for example, Ben Chiu (Killerapp.com, C/NET) and Sabeer Bhatia (Hotmail)--as well as those whom we'll never hear of again: the database salesman working on the "hockey stick" at the close of the quarter and the "kiss-ass entrepreneur" who's taken up COBOL programming to make ends meet. The Nudist on the Late Shift is for anyone who has wondered what life on the modern frontier is like--and for those who are already there, the reflection might be revealing. --Harry C. Edwards

 
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Hardback Editions

June 1999 : USA Hardback
Title: The Nudist on the Late Shift: And Other True Tales of Silicon Valley
Author(s): Po Bronson
ISBN: 0-375-50277-7 / 978-0-375-50277-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
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Paperback Editions

June 2000 : UK Paperback
Title: The Nudist on the Late Shift and Other Tales of Silicon Valley
Author(s): Po Bronson
ISBN: 0-09-928907-5 / 978-0-09-928907-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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May 2000 : USA Paperback
Title: The Nudist on the Late Shift: And Other True Tales of Silicon Valley
Author(s): Po Bronson
ISBN: 0-7679-0603-9 / 978-0-7679-0603-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Broadway Books
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July 1999 : UK Paperback
Title: The Nudist On The Lateshift: and Other Tales of Silicon Valley
Author(s): Po Bronson
ISBN: 0-436-20477-0 / 978-0-436-20477-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Secker
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January 1999 : USA Paperback
Title: The Nudist on the Late Shift: And Other True Tales of Silicon Valley
Author(s): Po Bronson
ISBN: 0-9650327-2-8 / 978-0-9650327-2-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: New York: Random House, (1999).
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Audio Editions

December 1999 : USA Audio edition
Title: The Nudist on the Late Shift and Other True Tales of Silicon Valley
Author(s): Po Bronson
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   



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