Princeton, NJ, USA
Great book about the history and algorithm of Google. Many funny never-before-seen anecdotes. Read about how the froogle team's algorithm was perfect except for returning "Garden gnome in running shoes" on eBay for the search "Running shoes." Their solution? An engineer bought and prominently displayed the gnome, rather than add an edge case.
I recommend this book to anyone who this the analytic tradition is arcane and overly mathy, which is so far from the truth. "Is there any knowledge in the world which is so certain that no reasonable man could doubt it?" A fantastic survey of the philosophic questions and how they can be dealt with.
Livingston is a great interviewer, and hones in on some very important and under discussed problems and pivots in these well known start ups. I love how PayPal's competitive advantage was that it realized 90% of its business was keeping fraud low enough to make a profit, and that their startup and corporate competitors never realized it.
An insightful and captivating look at the life of George Price, who did brilliant work at the intersection of game theory and biology (Price equation). It gives a balanced account of his extraordinary life, with the ups and downs, the egotism, the eccentric altruism, the genius, and the stupidity. Highly recommended.