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Uber’s Icarus

Award-winning journalist Mike Isaac tells the fascinating story of Travis Kalanick’s meteoric rise and fall as CEO of Uber.

New York Times technology writer Mike Isaac won the Gerald Loeb Award for distinguished business reporting for his coverage of Uber. He details how Uber radically transformed transportation while breaking laws and accumulating multiple scandals. Isaac presents former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s leadership journey as hubristic, epitomizing Silicon Valley tech culture at its best and worst. He provides an in-depth, perceptive view of one of Silicon Valley’s most controversial multibillion-dollar companies.

NPR, Fortune, Bloomberg and The Sunday New York Times chose this as one of the Best Books of the Year. The New York Times Book Review named it an Editor’s Choice and said, “Isaac is great at the ticktock of events as they unfold, but his best work comes when he steps back to examine the bigger picture.” John Carreyrou, author of the best-selling Bad Blood, said, “Aside from being a delicious read, Mike Isaac’s account is also teeming with new revelations that will shock and outrage you.”

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