As COVID-19 once again forces millions around the world to stay at home, what better time could there be to brush up on the inside stories, secret scandals, and ingenious innovations from Silicon Valley and beyond?
Highlights include Spencer Jakab’s “The Revolution That Wasn’t”, which reveals the inside story of the Reddit meme stocks that sent Wall Street into a tailspin at the start of the year, “The Power Law” by Silicon Valley stalwart Sebastian Mallaby, and a guide to online dating from the creator of viral Instagram account @Beam_me_up_softboi.
‘House of Wirecard’
Wirecard CEO Markus Braun speaks at a conference in Munich in January 2020.
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Author: Dan McCrum
Summary: In June 2020, Wirecard, Germany’s audacious fintech giant, was forced to file for insolvency after it admitted around $2 billion was “missing.”
In “House of Wirecard”, McCrum will reveal in detail just how he and a crack team of fellow Financial Times reporters uncovered perhaps Europe’s biggest-ever corporate fraud scandal.
Release date: Unconfirmed
‘The Hard Sell: Crime and Punishment at an Opioid Startup’
Author: Evan Hughes
Summary: “The Hard Sell” documents the rise and fall of Insys Therapeutics, an American pharmaceutical company founded in 1990, which fell into disrepute amid the opioid crisis of recent years.
Critics have compared Hughes’ deep dive to John Carreyrou’s excruciating account of Elizabeth Holmes’ Theranos in “Bad Blood”, with Publishers Weekly dubbing it a “powerful indictment of abhorrent industry practices.”
Release date: January 18, 2022
‘Internet for the People’
Author: Ben Tarnoff
Summary: In “Internet for the People”, Ben Tarnoff – a cofounder of Logic Magazine – argues the internet as we know it today is broken, and there’s only one solution: de-privatization.
Set to hit shelves in June, Tarnoff’s book calls for the abolition of tech giants like Google and Facebook’s “walled gardens,” and provocatively argues that the only way to build a better internet is to put it in the hands of the people.
Release date: June 14, 2022
‘The Digital Republic: On Freedom and Democracy in the Twenty-First Century’
Author: Jamie Susskind
Summary: The award-winning author of “Future Politics” is back, this time with a treatise on the digital age inspired by the great political essays of the past.
Carly Kind, director of the AI-focused Ada Lovelace Institute, says the book is a must-have for “anyone wondering how law and governance can reshape Big Tech.”
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Release date: July 5, 2022
‘AI on Trial’
Authors: Mark Deem and Peter Warren
Summary: A team-up …….