Man's Quest to Recover from Great Success
by Tracy Kidder
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Kidder tells the story of Paul English, a kinetic and unconventional
inventor and entrepreneur, who as a boy rebelled against authority.
Growing up in working-class Boston, English discovers a medium for his
talents the first time he sees a computer. As a young man, despite
suffering from what would eventually be diagnosed as bipolar disorder,
he begins his pilgrim’s journey through the ups and downs in
the brave new world of computers. Relating to the Internet as if
it’s an extension of his own mind, he discovers that he has a
talent for conceiving innovative enterprises and building teams that
can develop them, becoming “a Pied Piper” of geeks.
His innovative management style, success, and innate sense of fair play
inspire intense loyalty.
colleague observes: “Someday this boy’s going to
get hit by a truck
full of money, and I’m going to be standing beside
him.” Yet when
English does indeed make a fortune, when the travel website Kayak is
sold for almost two billion dollars—the first thing he thinks
how to give the money away: “What else would you do with
second thing he thinks is, "What’s next?"
With the power of a consummate storyteller, Tracy Kidder casts a fresh,
critical, and often humorous eye on the way new ideas and new money are
reshaping our culture and the world. A
Truck Full of Money is a
mesmerizing portrait of an irresistibly endearing man who is
indefatigable, original, and as unpredictable as America itself.