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Publisher's Summary

The instant New York Times best seller, now featuring a new afterword from the author - the insider's guide to the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal, the inner workings of the tech world, and who really runs Silicon Valley.

Imagine a chimpanzee rampaging through a datacenter powering everything from Google to Facebook. Infrastructure engineers use a software version of this “chaos monkey” to test Online services’ robustness - their ability to survive random failure and correct mistakes before they actually occur. Tech entrepreneurs are society’s chaos monkeys. One of Silicon Valley’s most audacious chaos monkeys is Antonio García Martínez.

After stints on Wall Street and as CEO of his own startup, García Martínez joined Facebook’s nascent advertising team. Forced out in the wake of an internal product war over the future of the company’s monetization strategy, García Martínez eventually landed at rival Twitter. In Chaos Monkeys, this gleeful contrarian unravels the chaotic evolution of social media and online marketing and reveals how it is invading our lives and shaping our future.  

©2016, 2018 Antonio Garcia Martinez (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

“Incisive... The most fun business book I have read this year... Clearly there will be people who hate this book - which is probably one of the things that makes it such a great read.” (Andrew Ross Sorkin, New York Times

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Best audio book I’ve listened to in a while!

Really loved the book. Narration was great, loved the unflinching honesty. Really recommend it . Probably will listen to again !

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Best Non-fiction (and entertaining frolic) I’ve listened to in years!

Like others have already said, AGM’s candidness (including his unabashed criticism of himself) is a breath of fresh air and his ability to explain things with fabulous metaphors makes it even that much better.

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Very interesting book by a surprisingly super-smart author

I am adding this book to must-reads along with “Hard thing about hard things” and others. It fills the gap in guidance for mid-career periods of life without bullshit and with a lot of truth and thought provoking.

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Entertaining and informative

Keep in mind that the author has his right to subjectivity.
AGM delivered a deftly written dissection of the life of a tech scene officionado that was easy to digest and highly informative.

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Exquisite Escapade Enveloping Entrepreneurship

While I bought the physical 📖 at a library sale in Los Altos, I barely cracked the cover. When Antonio (who does not sound like Pus In 👢 from Shreck) was let go by 🍎 because 🍎 apparently couldn't find and read this international best selling book before hiring Antonio, I decided to buy his audiobook so I could listen to it as I pedaled to work. Having lived in Silicon Valley from my birth at Stanford to high school graduation, I must say Antonio's biography is accurate or even a cleaned up view of Silicon Valley life. The audiobook was extremely excellent. Please buy it ASAP!

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What the SJW Cancel Culture idiots are doing...

to you IS NOT RIGHT!! When are people going to come together and stand up to these Mentally Ill Tyrants?!?!?

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A cautionary tale of Silicon Valley that will get you to drink the coolaid

The book paints a pretty realistic version of Silicon Valley in that it’s not a wonderful place where companies go to flourish but instead focuses on all the harass realities along the way.

The book is broken down to two main parts. The first being the authors time navigating his own start up and the second being his time at Facebook. Each one is beautifully crafted and spun in a way that tries to warn you “hey, don’t do what I did” but instead does the opposite. Definitely worth the read and the audible version is really well narrated.

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A new story in tech

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Exciting and Different

If you’re offended by his experiences, you must be one of those who lives in an idealistic world that only exists in their small circles which is also fragile to break in uncomfortable situations.

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O.K.

Self indulgent and prosaic. Useful for its practical view of the startup cycle and for a colorful mid-career snapshot of Chamanth, and of Cheryl’s FaceBook.

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Interesting worth a listen

Good personal account based insight into silicon valley, startup culture and the inner workings of Facebook a few years back.