Inside Amazon’s Empire With Author Brad Stone

Few tech companies have charted a more fascinating course than Amazon. It’s expanded from its humble beginnings as a bookseller to an absolute juggernaut that spans scores of product categories and service offerings. The company has set out to change the way the internet is structured, the way we interact with computers, and the way we shop—online and off.

On this episode of Gadget Lab, journalist and author Brad Stone joins us to dish about stories from his new book Amazon Unbound: Jeff Bezos and the Invention of a Global Empire, including Amazon’s more aggressive business maneuvers and Bezos’ personal shenanigans.

Show Notes

Find Brad’s book Amazon Unbound here. Read an excerpt from the book about the secret origins of Amazon’s Alexa here. Read about how Bezos battled the tabloids here.

Recommendations

Brad recommends the book Press Reset by Jason Schreier. Lauren recommends Anne Helen Peterson’s CultureStudy newsletter on Substack. Mike also recommends a Substack: Tom Moon’s music newsletter, EchoLocator.

Brad Stone can be found on Twitter @BradStone. Lauren Goode is @LaurenGoode. Michael Calore is @snackfight. Bling the main hotline at @GadgetLab. The show is produced by Boone Ashworth (@booneashworth). Our theme music is by Solar Keys.

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