I don’t know why I waited for so long to write about this brilliant book by Brad Stone. Everything store , the book on Amazon and it’s founder Jeff Bezes is one of the best business books out there. In terms of writing style and the tone- it may be closest to Ashlee Vance’s book on Elon Musk . Everything store has so many lessons and business philosophies that are there to take.
The most compelling thing about the book is Jeff Bezos himself. From his childhood to early professional years, Bezos represent the specimen of modern entrepreneur with clear vision towards building the business from the disruption. It is not a co-incidence that even when Amazon just an online book seller, Jeff had a vision of building it in to Everything Store. Today, Amazon not only control the retail business in more than 70 countries, but also media distribution, logistics, devices and web-hosting service. Jeff also has personally invested in Google, The Washington Post and his own space exploration company called Blue Origin.
Great thing about the book is that it is not fanboying about Jeff but it also brings out sides of his character that I controversial and unpleasant. His infamous death stare, mid-meeting rants, cocky negotiations, over-worked employees and unethical business practices – everything is discussed in great details here.
I highly recommend this book to not only the admirer s of Amazon and Jeff – but also to the people whose businesses are affected by Amazon. It is a good look-in into their business philosophies which may help you to understand their market moves that does not even make sense in short term.
I recommended Everything store by Brad Stone 5 out of 5 stars in goodreads ( also an Amazon company )
PS: Also, this book has long list of recommended books by Jeff himself. An avid reader himself, Jeff also encourages his team to read these books and also credits his many business decisions on those books.