A tech love story

BURN BOOK A TECH LOVE STORY New York Times Bestseller KARA SWISHER (with a portrait of Kara, flames reflecting in her mirrored sunglasses)
Burn Book Kara Swisher cover

She was interviewed today on Real Time with Bill Maher, and the book looks like a must read for anyone interested in Big tech and some of the most infamous leaders of that community…

And here’s a recent audio/podcast interview with Margrethe Vestager, the European Union’s competition chief about Apple, Google, Amazon and Facebook—and the EU’s efforts to regulate big tech with the Digital Markets Act—in an effort to make things more fair for smaller firms; or prevent abuse of the larger established online platforms…

Kara Swisher and Bill Maher

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From award-winning journalist Kara Swisher comes a witty, scathing, but fair accounting of the tech industry and its founders who wanted to change the world but broke it instead.“Swisher, the bad-ass journalist and OG chronicler of Silicon Valley…takes no prisoners in this highly readable look at the evolution of the digital world…Bawdy, brash, and compulsively thought-provoking, just like its author, Burn Book sizzles” (Booklist, starred review).
Part memoir, part history, Burn Book is a necessary chronicle of tech’s most powerful players. From “the queen of all media” (Walt Mossberg, Wall Street Journal), this is the inside story we’ve all been waiting for about modern Silicon Valley and the biggest boom in wealth creation in the history of the world.When tech titans crowed that they would “move fast and break things,” Kara Swisher was moving faster and breaking news. While covering the explosion of the digital sector in the early 1990s, she developed a long track record of digging up and reporting the facts about this new world order. Her consistent scoops drove one CEO to accuse her of “listening in the heating ducts” and prompted Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg to once observe: “It is a constant joke in the Valley when people write memos for them to say, ‘I hope Kara never sees this.’”
While still in college, Swisher got her start at The Washington Post, where she became one of the few people in journalism interested in covering the nascent Internet. She went on to work for The Wall Street Journal, joining with Walt Mossberg to start the groundbreaking D: All Things Digital conference, as well as pioneering tech news sites.
Swisher has interviewed everyone who matters in tech over three decades, right when they presided over an explosion of world-changing innovation that has both helped and hurt our world. Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Sheryl Sandberg, Bob Iger, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Meg Whitman, Peter Thiel, Sam Altman, and Mark Zuckerberg are just a few whom Swisher made sweat—figuratively and, in Zuckerberg’s case, literally.
Despite the damage she chronicles, Swisher remains optimistic about tech’s potential to help solve problems and not just create them. She calls upon the industry to make better, more thoughtful choices, even as a new set of powerful AI tools are poised to change the world yet again. At its heart, this book is a love story to, for, and about tech from someone who knows it better than anyone.

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Praise for Kara Swisher "Most people in this town stab you in the back, but [Kara] stabbed me in the front, and I appreciate that." -John McLaughlin, former host, The McLaughlin Group "She has a coffee before bed every night, after midnight. This seems somehow emblematic to me. (In a good way.)" -Ben Smith, media writer guy and other reportrepre- neur besides Kara "I don't buy into the meme of Kara Swisher the ass-kicker who says what she wants, like she's this honey badger who doesn't give a shit." -Paul Carr, guy who knows from honey badgers "A force in the industry." —Meredith Kopit Levien, CEO, The New York Times "It is a constant joke in the Valley when people write memos for them to say, 'I hope Kara never sees this. " —Sheryl Sandberg, former COO, Facebook (before it was called Meta, in order to hide in plain sight) Burn Book "She's willing to get into the brawl with me." —Ari Emanuel, Endeavor CEO and well-known brawler "There she was with a front-row seat to the mining of great intellectual property-using technology, really-as a means of creating value [and] in effect turned the results of her own reporting on herself." —Bob Iger, CEO of Disney, two times "Part of the power of her podcast is there's a sense of somebody who has been here the whole time and is kind of fed up." -Casey Newton, tech journalist (and former renter of Kara's guest cottage in San Francisco) "Kara has become so shrill at this point that only dogs can hear her." -Elon Musk, Tesla guy, May 2023 "I mentor a lot of people, and almost every single one of them is worried about losing their place if they step out of line. And I'm like, the only way you get higher is if you step out of line. That's the only way. Seriously. Unless you're untalented. And then you should stay in line." —Kara Swisher, other reportrepreneur besides Ben
Praise for Kara Swisher
"I have rarely seen evil in as pure a form as Yoel Roth and Kara Swisher's heart is filled with seething hate. I regard their dislike of me as a compliment." -Elon Musk (who could use a compliment these days), September 2023 BURN BOOK A TECH LOVE STORY KARA SWISHER PIATKUS
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