About the Book

Drawing on over two hundred in-depth interviews, VALLEY OF GENIUS takes readers from the dawn of the personal computer and the internet, through the heyday of the web, up to the very moment when our current technological reality was invented. It interweaves accounts of invention and betrayal, overnight success and underground exploits, to tell the story of Silicon Valley like it has never been told before. Read it to discover the stories that Valley insiders tell each other: the tall tales that are all, improbably, true.



“A lively oral history...Fisher captures the cultural lore of Silicon Valley in the voices of its more prominent players.”
— Publishers Weekly
“Adam Fisher has given us an animated, incisive account of Silicon Valley history, with all of its iconic heroes and villains, told in a symphony of testimonials from the very people who had a seat at the revolution.”
— Brad Stone, bestselling author of The Everything Store and The Upstarts
“The stories Adam Fisher weaves together in VALLEY OF GENIUS alone make the book a fascinating read: tales of heroic innovation, risk and reward, boom and bust cycles. But Fisher achieves something even more important with this ‘autobiography’ of Silicon Valley: an understanding of how momentous technological changes in society come about, and how they can sometimes surprise even their creators with their broader impact.”
— Steven Johnson, bestselling author of How We Got to Now
“VALLEY OF GENIUS is its own kind of genius. Original in its construction, prodigious, funny, raw and polished, it is an amazing work of reporting from a skilled writer with an insider’s love of Silicon Valley. You feel like you are in the room with some of the greatest entrepreneurial minds-men and women-of our time, listening to history in the making.”
— Julian Guthrie, New York Times bestselling author of How to Make a Spaceship
“A fantastic read! Adam Fisher’s history of Silicon Valley is compelling and thorough, full of fascinating and inspiring stories carefully curated by someone who truly knows his stuff. Should be on every entrepreneur’s desk!”
— Ben Mezrich, New York Times bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires
“If you want to hear how technology changed the world, why not hear it from those who did the changing? VALLEY OF GENIUS captures the voices of a revolution as they tell the biggest story of our time.”
— Steven Levy, author of Hackers
Much of the modern world was invented before the public noticed what was happening in the emerging Internet. Idealists and innovators worked together to invent the future that we live in now. Valley of Genius is their story, told well, and I really enjoyed it.
— Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist
The beauty of oral histories is that enough time has past for people to say what really happened. And what really happened is one of the great stories of our day. Gripping.
— Chris Anderson, New York Times bestselling author of The Long Tail and Makers: The New Industrial Revolution