Summary of In the Plex

How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives

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In the Plex book summary
Captivating, detailed history of Google from the inside out.


7 Overall

7 Importance

5 Innovation

8 Style


Journalist Steven Levy’s previous books about Macintosh computers and about hackers make him the perfect insider-outsider, with the knowledge to write a detailed history of famously private Google. Granted unprecedented access, Levy appears to have insightfully interviewed everyone about every moment of Google’s history to present this canonical version of the company’s saga. Levy seems a little too close to his subject, so perhaps his book is not a warts-and-all chronicle, but most of the stories are fascinating, and it is all well reported. getAbstract recommends this heavily anecdotal history to readers who are launching a start-up, intrigued by computers and cultural history, or interested in a nice, detailed dose of the truth behind all those Google rumors.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How Google began
  • What unique philosophies powered Google to its current dominant position
  • How Google builds its massive data centers
  • What technology lies behind Google Books


Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded Google. Neither man thought big at the beginning. Big was nothing. They both thought in terms of global. Page was brilliant, farseeing and magnificently ambitious. He so strongly believed in routinely attempting the impossible that his co-workers...
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About the Author

Steven Levy is the author of The Perfect Thing: How the iPod Shuffles Commerce, Culture, and Coolness; Insanely Great: The Life and Times of Macintosh, the Computer That Changed Everything; and Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution.

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