A Truck Full of Money
“A wonderfully executed, exquisitely reported parable of the Web age and the wild, mad journey that’s start-up tradition.”—Charles Duhigg
Fortune, mania, genius, philanthropy—the bestselling creator of Mountains Past Mountains offers us the inspiring story of Paul English, the founding father of Kayak.com and Lola.
Tracy Kidder, the “grasp of the nonfiction narrative” (The Baltimore Solar) and creator of the bestselling traditional The Soul of a New Machine, now tells the story of Paul English, a kinetic and unconventional inventor and entrepreneur, who as a boy rebelled towards authority. Rising up in working-class Boston, English discovers a medium for his abilities the primary time he sees a pc. As a younger man, regardless of affected by what would finally be recognized as bipolar dysfunction, he begins his pilgrim’s journey by way of the ups and downs within the courageous new world of computer systems. Regarding the Web as if it’s an extension of his personal thoughts, he discovers that he has a expertise for conceiving modern enterprises and constructing groups that may develop them, changing into “a Pied Piper” of geeks. His modern administration fashion, success, and innate sense of honest play encourage intense loyalty. Early on, one colleague observes: “Sometime this boy’s going to get hit by a truck full of cash, and I’m going to be standing beside him.” But when English does certainly make a fortune, when the journey web site Kayak is bought for nearly two billion —the very first thing he thinks about is learn how to give the cash away: “What else would you do with it?” The second factor he thinks is, What’s subsequent?
With the facility of a consummate storyteller, Tracy Kidder casts a contemporary, vital, and infrequently humorous eye on the best way new concepts and new cash are reshaping our tradition and the world. A Truck Stuffed with Cash is a mesmerizing portrait of an irresistibly endearing man who’s indefatigable, unique, and as unpredictable as America itself.
Reward for A Truck Stuffed with Cash
“Kidder’s prose glides with a determine skater’s ease, however with out the glam. His is a seemingly artless artwork, like John McPhee’s, that conceals itself in sentences which can be vital, economical, and unpretentious.”—The Boston Globe
“Kidder’s portrayal of dwelling with manic melancholy is as nuanced and intimate as a reader would possibly ever count on to get. . . . You’ll be able to’t assist admiring Mr. English and cheering for him.”—The New York Occasions