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From acclaimed Financial Times columnist and CNN analyst, a penetrating indictment of how today's biggest tech companies are hijacking our data, our livelihoods, and our minds.

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Rana Faroohar is global business columnist and associate editor for the Financial Times. She is also CNN's global economic analyst. Previously, Foroohar was the assistant managing editor in charge of business and economics at Time, as well as the magazine's economic columnist. She also spent 13 years at Newsweek, as an economic and foreign affairs editor and a foreign correspondent covering Europe and the Middle East. During that time, she was awarded the German Marshall Fund's Peter R. Weitz Prize for transatlantic reporting. She has also received awards and fellowships from institutions such as the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and the East-West Center. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


A masterful critique of the tech giants that now dominate our world . . . The great thing about her book is that it breaks the mesmerising spell that the tech giants seem to have cast upon governments, mass media and users everywhere. Foroohar is well qualified to tackle them [and] she comes across as a level-headed, informed and well-connected journalist [who] combines a polite manner with a high-powered crap-detector. -- John Naughton * The Observer, 'Book of the Week' *
Frightening . . . a readable and well-marshalled indictment of the sins of these new corporate empires. -- James Marriott * The Times *
Rana Foroohar is a savvy and wise commentator and a keen observer of the global economy. This book goes beyond the economic problems and examines the broader implications for society of the untrammeled and under regulated Silicon Valley companies. She demonstrates that while the creed 'don't be evil' may have initially inspired the Silicon Valley giants, its principle has long been left behind. -- Joseph E. Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate in Economics
If journalism is the first rough draft of history, then we are most fortunate to have Rana Foroohar's laser vision and trenchant business analysis turned on the tech giants and the gluttonous anti-democratic surveillance capitalism that is their most far-reaching innovation. Foroohar's examination of Big Tech's audacity, plunder, and self-dealing economics is a crucial contribution to the growing debate. -- Shoshana Zuboff, author of The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, Professor Emerita, Harvard Business School
As one of the world's most talented financial journalists, Rana Foroohar has long been essential reading for anyone interested in the powerful parallel worlds of Wall Street and Silicon Valley. At first sight, "Don't Be Evil" looks like it's doing for Google what muckraking journalist Ida Tarbell did for Standard Oil over a century ago. But this whip-smart, highly readable book's scope turns out to be much broader. Worried about the monopolistic tendencies of big tech? The addictive apps on your iPhone? The role Facebook played in Donald Trump's election? Foroohar will leave you even more worried, but a lot better informed. -- Niall Ferguson, Milbank Family Senior Fellow, the Hoover Institution, Stanford, and author of The Square and the Tower
Rana Foroohar's urgent message: 'Yes, we really are living in the Matrix,' and it's time to rise up and resist out algorithmic overlords. This book shows us how. -- Cathy O'Neil, author of Weapons of Math Destruction and CEO of ORCAA
Don't Be Evil is the first book on the big tech crisis to propose a set of realistic solutions. It should be read by every policy maker both in the U.S. and around the world. -- Jonathan Taplin, Director Emeritus, USC Annenberg Innovation Lab and author of Move Fast and Break Things
When we choose technology's convenience without considering its tradeoffs, we ceded control to a muscular, unregulated strain of capitalism that is now costing us far more than we thought. Don't Be Evil comes just in time, with a warning citizens, policy makers, and the tech industry itself can no longer afford to ignore. -- John Battelle, cofounder of Wired and author of The Search
Rana Faroohar is a beacon of insight in the world of financial journalism. In Don't Be Evil, she applies her brilliance to the increasingly nightmarish behavior of tech giants like Amazon, Google, and Facebook. It is a must read. -- Roger McNamee, New York Times bestselling author of Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe
Giant tech companies are an ungoverned global economic and social force that we all must understand. They contribute to division and threaten the "very cohesion of society." Faroohar's big picture thinking is much needed. This compelling and deeply-informed book will help guide our responses to a dangerous new era. -- David Kirkpatrick, New York Times bestselling author of The Facebook Effect

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