From Intel to Twitter: The Fascinating Stories Behind 8 Behemoths of Business (8 books)
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These titles describe the ups and downs of the world's biggest companies, such as Amazon, Enron and Google.
The Smartest Guys in the Room

The Smartest Guys in the Room (2003) tells the remarkable tale of energy trader Enron – once a poster child for market innovation on Wall Street – and its dramatic fall from stratospheric heights. These blinks detail a gripping story of financial deceit, while shedding light on the personalities that built Enron’s corporate culture and set it up for disaster.

Bethany Mclean, Peter Elkind
Hatching Twitter

Hatching Twitter tells the story of the four men responsible for Twitter as we know it. It’s a tale of backstabbing, superstar glory and billions of dollars that chronicles the drama and defining decisions that made Twitter what it is today.

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“Who’s the good guy and who’s the bad guy?! I love how these blinks tell the story of Twitter in a way that now I really feel like I understand the stories of Ev and Jack.”

– Ben S, Audio Lead at Blinkist

Nick Bilton
Alibaba’s World

Alibaba’s World (2015) tells the story of Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba, which was founded in 1999. Alibaba’s World offers valuable insights into leadership and business acumen that can help you put your company on the path to success.

Porter Erisman
Business Adventures

Business Adventures comprises twelve riveting case studies of key developments in business, economics and finance. While they concern events and companies you may never have heard of, the case studies are highly entertaining and the lessons learned from them are still applicable today.

John Brooks
The Intel Trinity

The Intel Trinity (2014) offers the first comprehensive history of Intel, arguably the most important company of our “digital age.” The company’s success is based on three key people – Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore and Andy Grove – whose personalities formed a formidable business trinity.

Michael S. Malone
The Everything Store

Despite being a billion-dollar company today, Amazon was built on humble beginnings in Jeff Bezos’ garage. From the get-go, Bezos was driven by the grand vision of creating an Everything Store – which has, in the meantime, virtually come true. Focusing equally on the company and its founder, this book shows how he turned his dream into a reality.

The Washington Post and Forbes both dubbed The Everything Store the best book of 2013. 

Brad Stone
The House of Rothschild

The House of Rothschild (1998) offers a detailed, insider look into the famed Rothschild family’s multinational partnership. By examining the relationships and strategies that launched the Rothschilds to success, the book demystifies this historic family, making their meteoric rise to tremendous wealth and fame much easier to understand.

Niall Ferguson

Dogfight (2013) recounts the tale of how a once amicable business partnership between tech giants Apple and Google turned into a bitter rivalry as the companies fought for control of the mobile internet device market.

Fred Vogelstein
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