Summary of The Everything Store

Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

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The Everything Store book summary
Here’s the success story of Amazon: The company that started out in a garage and grew to unimaginable heights.


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Technology journalist Brad Stone details the rise of Amazon, from its earliest days in founder Jeff Bezos’s garage to its success as a global, game-changing online retailer, technology service provider and platform. Stone asserts that he had Bezos’s cooperation, though this corporate biography is unauthorized. Stone conducted 300 interviews with current and former Amazon employees, including those involved from the beginning. Though Bezos’s wife gives it only one-star with her review, getAbstract recommends Stone’s opus as the most comprehensive and readable account of “The Everything Store” and its visionary leader.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How Jeff Bezos developed Amazon from a pioneering web bookshop to “The Everything Store,”
  • How Amazon transformed retailing, and
  • How Bezos innovated and overcame challenges.


Amazon’s Origins
Jeff Bezos was 29 years old and working for the Wall Street technology-based hedge fund D.E. Shaw when the newly blossoming Internet caught his imagination. Bezos was hardworking, analytical and alert to new ideas. Fund founder David Shaw and Bezos met regularly in 1994...
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About the Author

Brad Stone is a former New York Times and Newsweek technology journalist, now writing for Bloomberg Businessweek. He also wrote Gearheads: the Turbulent Rise of Robotic Sport.

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