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By James Marcus

The interesting tale of the 1st 5 years of Amazon.com, stated via worker quantity 55.

"Americans with an eye fixed cocked towards the markets have been requested to think that Amazon, a two-year-old bookseller, used to be worthy greater than the mixed values of Sears and US Steel."—from Amazonia

James Marcus was once employed as a senior editor at Amazon.com in 1996, giving him a ringside seat for the company's explosive upward push and dismal wallet-busting swoon. Now—as the e-commerce monstrous makes an marvelous comeback—he tells all. in contrast to the new crop of dot.com memoirs, this can be no story of a bankrupt and brokenhearted entrepreneur. Marcus got here aboard as a self-described "token humanist," and his tackle the hot financial system juggernaut is predominantly a cultural one. Why, he asks, did Jeff Bezos's brainchild turn into the main image of web euphoria? How did the corporate swap because it morphed from a miniscule start-up to a world, multibillion-dollar leviathan? used to be the internet breaking extra provides than it stored? and at last: What might an editor do to withstand being reworked right into a hyperventilating shill?
In answering those questions, Marcus takes us to conferences, task interviews, alternate indicates, and company retreats. We spend a freezing vacation season on the warehouse, and a significantly hotter afternoon on the company's summer time picnic—where Bezos himself mans the dunk tank. Amazonia is a piece of infrequent wit and razor-sharp remark, and a superlative advisor to America's misplaced global of the nineties.

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E. Siberry (Oxford, 1997), pp. 58, 32. 48 Caffaro, ‘De liberatione civitatum orientis’, ed. T. Belgrano, Annali genovesi, 1 (Genoa, 1890), pp. 100, 101. Caffaro was, in fact, an eyewitness to the First Crusade, but did not compose his account until the 1150s. D. Face, ‘Secular History in Twelfth-Century Italy: Caffaro of Genoa’, Journal of Medieval History, 6 (1980), p. 172. 53 What is apposite, however, is to refer to three episodes of particular relevance in the development of ideas of penitential warfare in the generation immediately before the proclamation of the First Crusade.

166–71. 127 Leclercq, Spirituality of the Middle Ages, p. 132, wrote that ‘To go on the Crusade was a way of answering the call of Christ, of taking up one’s cross and following him; it was an opportunity to imitate Jesus in his sufferings and death’. 128 For a contemporary discussion of the idea that one form of religious life might be regarded as melior than another, see ‘Un document sur les débuts des Templiers’, pp. 88–9. See also G. Constable, ‘The Interpretation of Mary and Martha’, Three Studies, pp.

The centrality of this spirituality can perhaps be summarised best by the words of the Benedictine monk known as Gilo of Paris, who, at some point before the year 1120, wrote a brief exposition on why the pursuit of imitatio Christi equated to a search for Christian perfection: OV 3, pp. 266–7. ‘Sigeberti continuatio Praemonstratensis’, MGH SS 6, p. 448. 113 Otto of Freising, Chronica sive historia de duabus civitatibus, ed. A. Hofmeister, MGH SSRG 45 (Hanover and Leipzig, 1912), p. 369. 114 Constable, Reformation, pp.

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