The Valley Of The Gods: A Silicon Valley Story

The Valley Of The Gods: A Silicon Valley Story


Reporter Alexandra Wolfe’s biting but admiring story of Silicon Valley, and the men and women whose hubris and ambition are changing the world.

Each year, young people from around the world go to Silicon Valley to hatch an idea, start a company, strike it rich, and become powerful and famous. In “a jauntily paced anthropological look at Northern California’s techtopia” (Bloomberg Businessweek), reporter and columnist for The Wall Street Journal Alexandra Wolfe follows three of these upstarts who have “stopped out” of college and real life in the hopes of becoming the next Mark Zuckerberg or Elon Musk.

Meet the billionaires who go to training clubs for thirty-minute “body slams” designed to fit in with the start-up schedule; attend parties where people devour peanut butter-and-jelly sushi rolls; and date and seduce in a romantic culture in which thick glasses, baggy jeans, and a t-shirt is the costume of any sex symbol (and where a jacket and tie symbolize mediocrity). Through Wolfe’s eyes, we discover how they date and marry, how they dress and live, how they plot and dream, and how they have created a business world and an economic order that has made us all devotees of them.

In her blistering and hysterical examination of this new ruling class, Wolfe “offers a revealing peek inside the privilege, power, and profligacy of Silicon Valley” (Town & Country). Valley of the Gods “captures the absurdity of this brave new world, pierces the hype, but also conveys the dreams and the passions that can shape a world’s economy” (USA TODAY).

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  • ValleyOfTheGods 01 Open
    Duration: 37s
  • ValleyOfTheGods 02 Dedication
    Duration: 25s
  • ValleyOfTheGods 03 AuthorsNote
    Duration: 02min
  • ValleyOfTheGods 04 Prologue
    Duration: 25min
  • ValleyOfTheGods 05 Ch1
    Duration: 56min
  • ValleyOfTheGods 06 Ch2
    Duration: 21min
  • ValleyOfTheGods 07 Ch3
    Duration: 30min
  • ValleyOfTheGods 08 Ch4
    Duration: 27min
  • ValleyOfTheGods 09 Ch5
    Duration: 33min
  • ValleyOfTheGods 10 Ch6
    Duration: 19min
  • ValleyOfTheGods 11 Ch7
    Duration: 27min
  • ValleyOfTheGods 12 Ch8
    Duration: 21min
  • ValleyOfTheGods 13 Ch9
    Duration: 26min
  • ValleyOfTheGods 14 Ch10
    Duration: 24min
  • ValleyOfTheGods 15 Ch11
    Duration: 11min
  • ValleyOfTheGods 16 Ch12
    Duration: 22min
  • ValleyOfTheGods 17 Conclusion
    Duration: 22min
  • ValleyOfTheGods 18 Credits
    Duration: 52s