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Tech guru Brian McCullough delivers a rollicking history of the Internet, why it exploded, and how it changed everything.

The Internet was never intended for you, opines Brian McCullough in this lively narrative of an era that utterly transformed everything we thought we knew about technology. In How the Internet Happened, he chronicles the whole fascinating story for the first time, beginning in a dusty Illinois basement in 1993, when a group of college kids set off a once-in-an-epoch revolution with what would become the first "dotcom".

Depicting the lives of now-famous innovators like Netscape's Marc Andreessen and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, McCullough also reveals surprising quirks and unknown tales as he tracks both the technology and the culture around the Internet's rise. Cinematic in detail and unprecedented in scope, the result both enlightens and informs as it draws back the curtain on the new rhythm of disruption and innovation the Internet fostered, and helps to redefine an era that changed every part of our lives.

©2018 Brian McCullough (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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A leisurely stroll around the history of the Web

I was there in Cham-bana (University of Illinois) in the early 90’s - and this is just as I remember it. Lots of extra little details too. Everything you ever wanted to know about how the Web got started - the deals, start-ups, phenomenal growth and eventual burst of the Dot-com bubble.

One little quirk - the number spoken at the beginning of each chapter is off by one. Or was it Zero based numbering on purpose? (Good one, then!)

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Learn from the past to apply for the future

Brian has a great mind for the internet and how it has permeated in society. great listen for all tech nerds

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Good Stuff

Explains and uses terms the reader needs to know while avoiding the overcomplicated and unnecessary. Nothing less than what you'd expect of Brian McCullough.

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Outstanding and Stimulating Read!

Brian has really outdone himself on this project. I've been an avid listening of "The Internet History Podcast" and have been eagerly awaiting the finished book for some time!

Brian has pieced together so many things that I have heard about but I didn't really experience first hand being a little on the young side. I feel like I have a much deeper understanding of this smart phone in my pocket and how we got here.

I'm used to Brian's voice so getting used to Timothy's voice took a bit, but it's still narrated with great skill!

Highly recommended for fans of history and technology!

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Deeply researched

This period of computing and internet history has not been covered in such depth until now. If you are an internet history buff, this is the book for you.

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Finally a complete story of the web

Brian McCullough has been following this industry very close for years. I couldn’t think a better suited auther to provide a broad yet through view of how the Internet happened.

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good overview of internet history

good overview of internet products and technology in the last 20 years.

interesting story line.