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Tubes : A Journey to the Center of the Internet

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"Andrew Blum plunges into the unseen but real ether of the Internet in a journey both compelling and profound....You will never open an email in quite the same way again."
--Tom Vanderbilt, New York Times bestselling author of Traffic

In Tubes, Andrew Blum, a correspondent at Wired magazine, takes us on an engaging, utterly fascinating tour behind the scenes of our everyday lives and reveals the dark beating heart of the Internet itself. A remarkable journey through the brave new technological world we live in, Tubes is to the early twenty-first century what Soul of a New Machine--Tracy Kidder's classic story of the creation of a new computer--was to the late twentieth.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 294 pages
  • 134 x 200 x 26mm | 220g
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0061994952
  • 9780061994951
  • 293,739

Review quote

"Fascinating and unique. . . . [A] captivating behind-the-scenes tour of how (and where) the Internet works. . . . [Blum] has a gift for breathing life into his subjects."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
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Back cover copy

Design Observer Best Book of the Year

Tubes looks behind the scenes of our digital lives at the physical heart of the Internet itself. This is a book about real places on the map: their sounds and smells, their storied pasts, their physical details, and the people who live there. Sharing tales of his on-the-ground reporting, along with lucid explanations about how the Internet works, Blum's eye-opening travelogue offers a unique perspective on the role of technology in our lives.
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Rating details

2,640 ratings
3.49 out of 5 stars
5 17% (440)
4 33% (865)
3 36% (957)
2 12% (305)
1 3% (73)
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