Twenty-one Dog Years: Doing Time at Amazon.com

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HarperCollins Publishers, Jan 30, 2014 - Business & Economics - 240 pages

A Michael Moore for the Dot.com generation, ‘21 Dog Years’ is Mike Daisey’s wickedly funny story of life in the New Economy trenches.

In 1998, when Amazon.com went to temp agencies to recruit people, they gave them a simple directive: send us your freaks. Thus began Mike Daisey's love affair with the world’s biggest bookstore.

Mike Daisey worked at Amazon.com for nearly three years during the dot-com frenzy of the late nineties. Now that his nondisclosure agreement has expired, he can tell the real story of tech culture, hero worship, cat litter, Albanian economics, venture capitalism that feed into the delusional cocktail exulted as the New Economy.

His ascent from lowly temp to customer service representative to business development hustler is the stuff of dreams – and nightmares. No wonder Newsweek has dubbed Daisey the ‘oracle of the bust.’

With a hugely popular website mikedaisey.com and a hit one-man show that has received phenomenal coverage (with stories in Wired, Daily Mail, Salon, Guardian and elsewhere), Michael Daisey has been called the first dot.comic and the Michael Moore of the net generation.

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User Review  - Miro - LibraryThing

If Mike Daisey had worked in customer service at some other dotcom I'm not sure that his account would have been published. Amazon.com and Jeff Bezos have a giant fascination for the public and the J ... Read full review

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User Review  - JohnMunsch - LibraryThing

This was great. I really heartily encourage you to get the audiobook version of this as it is read by the author himself who normally performs this and his other writings in a manner similar to Spaulding Gray. Audible has it for download and I'm not sure who else might have it. Read full review

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About the author (2014)

At 24, Mike Daisey joined one of the leading dotcoms in the US. He left in 2000, when he was 27. He has since been been a highly-acclaimed stand up comedian, planning to come to the UK in 2002, and campaigner for the rights of dotcom workers. He lives with his wife in Brooklyn.

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