Geeks: How Two Lost Boys Rode the Internet Out of Idaho

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Broadway Books, 2001 - Computers - 208 pages
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Jesse and Eric were geeks: suspicious of authority figures, proud of their status as outsiders, fervent in their belief in the positive power of technology. High school had been an unbearable experience and their small-town Idaho families had been torn apart by hard times. On the fringe of society, they had almost no social lives and little to look forward to. They spent every spare cent on their computers and every spare moment on-line. Nobody ever spoke of them, much less for them.

But then they met Jon Katz, a roving journalist who suggested that, in the age of geek impresario Bill Gates, Jesse and Eric had marketable skills that could get them out of Idaho and pave the way to a better life. So they bravely set out to conquer Chicago--geek style. Told with Katz's trademark charm and sparkle, Geeks is a humorous, moving tale of triumph over adversity and self-acceptance that delivers two irresistible heroes for the digital age and reveals the very human face of technology.

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User Review  - chsbellboy - LibraryThing

While Jon Katz himself is not a geek, he accurately portrays the story of two geeks that use their knowledge of computing to move out of their hometown and advance their lives significantly. While the ... Read full review

GEEKS: How Two Lost Boys Rode the Internet Out of Idaho

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

This story of a gritty computer nerd who makes the break from desperate circumstances takes readers— emotions off guard, first disarming and then touching them. Jesse Dailey may be a computer geek ... Read full review


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Jon Katz is the author of Running to the Mountain and Virtuous Reality, as well as six novels. He has written for Wired, New York, GQ, Hotwired, and the New York Times and was twice nominated for the National Magazine Award for articles in Rolling Stone. He writes for and the Freedom Forum's website "Free!" on the Web. He lives in Montclair, New Jersey with his wife, Paula Span. He can be e-mailed at

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