Valley Boy: The Education of Tom Perkins
By Tom Perkins
Known for his idiosyncratic ideas and golden touch, Tom Perkins has always been one of the business world's most intriguing figures. In this insightful memoir, Perkins recalls many fascinating episodes of his life, both personal and professional, including his involvement in the creation of American industries no one could have dreamed of not long ago.
"Tom Perkins is a man of extraordinary passions, among them deals, venture capital, entrepreneurs, ocean racing, vintage cars, and extraordinary women. Valley Boy is a heady mix of picaresque adventure and high finance, more fun than most novels, told in a charming, intimate style as if you were a privileged guest on one of Tom's legendary yachts." -- James Stewart, "New Yorker" contributor and author of the best-selling "Den of Thieves" "A smart, often funny and wholly engaging account of a fabulous and varied life lived on the frontiers of high tech America. Utterly absorbing from first to last, this is one memoir which is as unique as its author." -- Richard North Patterson, #1 "New York Times" best-selling author As if Tom Perkins didn't have it all--and he does not seem to lack for one single thing--the guy can damn well WRITE, too. I picked up "Valley Boy" before dinner, got engrossed by the Hewlett Packard intrigue, sailed on through Danielle Steel, and wound up skipping a meal. This is an entertaining, penetrating, and even wise look at the high life, California-style! -- Sean Wilsey, author of the best-selling "Oh the Glory of It All" "I read it in one sitting and enjoyed the fascinating, frank and open discussion of Perkins' life." -- Prof. Herbert Boyer, cofounder of Genentech Praise for Tom Perkins "A Titan of American Business" -"Newsweek" "One of American venture capital's founding fathers." -"The Economist" "You know you're rich when...you assemble one of the world's great collections of supercharged cars of the 1920s and 30s, sell it just before the antique car market collapses, but still drive to the office in a late-model turbo Bentley. Perkins provides a paradigm oflife lived wisely and well, without a wrong note, a missed step, or (it seems) a dream unrealized." -"Forbes" "A Silicon Valley Luminary...A decisive, brilliant strategist...His success came partly from a willingness to risk everything he had-literally-to get his way." -"San Jose Mercury News" "A big engine...a grand figure in the life of the Valley." -David Kaplan in "Silicon Boys" "A charismatic corporate gamesman with a gambler's nerve." -"San Francisco Chronicle"
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