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Ruling the Waves: Cycles of Discovery, Chaos, and Wealth, from the Compass to the Internet / Edition 1

Ruling the Waves: Cycles of Discovery, Chaos, and Wealth, from the Compass to the Internet / Edition 1

by Debora L. Spar


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The high-tech bubble seems to have burst-or has it? Knowing where you are in the business cycle is crucial. Historical perspective helps, and so does keen analysis. Ruling the Waves offers both.

Debora Spar begins the historical context with pirate tales. Jean Lafitte's domination of the seas and Rupert Murdoch's domination of the British airwaves with BskyB have much in common. Tales of the telegraph and radio help you understand the natural evolution of Microsoft, the trials of the codemakers who fought the U.S. government to protect Internet privacy, and the revolutionary rap stars who challenged the record industry. Great stories of quirky pioneers and their roller-coaster rides make this the one book that you need to become an expert on the path of future innovations and the natural development from idea to market in a changing world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780151005093
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 09/21/2001
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.06(d)
Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

About the Author

Debora L. Spar is a professor at the Harvard Business School and is the youngest woman in the school's history ever to receive tenure. A political scientist by training, she teaches the politics of international relations there. She lives in Boston with her architect husband and two small sons.

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Anthony G. Oettinger

"Drawing concrete examples from transoceanic sailing to Internet surfing. Spar masterfully and readably shows us how ruthless piracy evolves over time into the rule of law."
—Anthony G. Oettinger, chairman, Program on Information Resources Policy, Harvard University

Gordon Silverstein

"Ruling the Waves elegantly proves that the cyber revolution is in fact a very new chapter in a very old story. Spar provides an essential guide to this new frontier. This is essential reading for entrepreneurs, policy makers, and politicians."
—Gordon Silverstein, senior editor, The New American Foundation

Rosabeth Moss Kanter

"Debora Spar's savvy, insightful book puts the cyber-revolution in much needed perpective. Using past waves of technology to illuminate the challenges of the present, she shows how wild entrepreneurial booms are tamed by orderly business rules but not before visionary techno-pioneers have changed our lives forever."
—Rosabeth Moss Kanter, author of Evolve!: Succeeding in the Digital Culture of Tomorrow

Thomas McGraw

"One of the best written books I have encountered in many a day and, because of its acute relevance to the Internet, one of the timeliest as well.
—Thomas McGraw, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning Prophets of Regulation

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