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The internet was never intended for you, opines Brian McCullough in this lively narrative of an era that utterly transformed everything we thought we knew about technology. In How the Internet Happened, he chronicles the whole fascinating story for the first time, beginning in a dusty Illinois baseme...

The internet was never intended for you, opines Brian McCullough in this lively narrative of an era that utterly transformed everything we thought we knew about technology. In How the Internet Happened, he chronicles the whole fascinating story for the first time, beginning in a dusty Illinois basement in 1993, when a group of college kids set off a once-in-an-epoch revolution with what would become the first “dotcom.”

Depicting the lives of now-famous innovators like Netscape’s Marc Andreessen and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, McCullough also reveals surprising quirks and unknown tales as he tracks both the technology and the culture around the internet’s rise. Cinematic in detail and unprecedented in scope, the result both enlightens and informs as it draws back the curtain on the new rhythm of disruption and innovation the internet fostered, and helps to redefine an era that changed every part of our lives.

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Number of Pages: 400

ISBN: 1631493078

ISBN-13: 9781631493072


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Even more recent history is forgotten. Tech wasn't culturally central in 2008! It was only after the iPhone and the financial crisis that the true rise of the internet happened. McCullough's book is good on the lead up to this.

Best history I’ve read on the 1990-2000s era of the Web. For those of us who lived through it, it’s a really fun refresher. For others, it’s a quick and useful history lesson.