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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

What the critics say

“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

What listeners say about Chaos Monkeys - Revised Edition

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Diary of a Tech Bro

I originally learned of this book after hearing the author on Sam Harris' podcast, telling the story of how Apple caved to a small group of whiny social justice warriors, having him fired for a few passages within. That was definitely not what should have happened to him but if you want to learn about many of the things that should terrify you about the Silicon Valley tech giants that increasingly rule our lives, this is definitely the book for you. It's a tale of one of the brilliant, innovative, selfish, sociopathic, greedy bros that dominate the region. Singularly focused not on true innovation or serving the greater good but only on their own benefit and enrichment, even at the expense of friendships, family, children, morals or ethics.

You will be simultaneously fascinated and enraged by its protagonist, as they participate in one of the most deplorable industries on the Internet, the advertising machine. Constantly defending their practices and blowing off the myriad ethical failings, privacy violations and eroding of decency that social media is creating. In one part of the book, he'll talk about how people who thinks Facebook sells user data are crazy, then in another part, will literally talk about how Facebook was doing exactly that. He even downplays Facebook's involvement in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which mountains of the data they supposedly take so seriously, was used by a company to literally help fix elections. He blows off all of the studies and well informed critics of the company and their well researched work on the failings of Facebook because hey, he got his.

Based on what I've just said, you might think I hate this book but it's quite the opposite. I can't stand the people the author represents and the technological, corporate controlled dystopia they're rapidly hurling us towards but it's fascinating to listen to their thought processes and what drives them to do what they do. It should serve as a huge cautionary tale about who is now in charge of our data and how little they care for keeping it private and secure, as long as it serves their interest.

Listen to this, learn from it and if you take only one lesson from it, take this one: Quit Facebook.

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Bare it all

Amazing Bare it all honest to the bone style of writing. I am so surprised that he had the strength to say it all.

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  • Brett Phinney
  • 2019-08-05

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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  • Martha Mangan
  • 2019-09-22

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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  • Ashot Arzumanyan
  • 2019-06-08

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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  • Jack Thiel
  • 2019-05-23

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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  • Amanda
  • 2021-05-23

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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  • Red Oak
  • 2021-07-06

Brutally Honest

Great insight into the Silicon Valley scene, start-up life and Facebook. Very entertaining and informative. Highly recommended.

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  • W. McKee
  • 2021-07-01

the author seemed like a big jerk

the author seemed like a big jerk, but after book I listened to the interview and he came across much nicer.

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  • S. Gilmore
  • 2021-06-30

Absolutely fantastic. Clever insights

I really enjoyed this book and have recommended it to all my Bay Area friends. Brave subject matter to tackle as an insider

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  • Jenna N. Gaudio
  • 2021-06-20

Sometimes smart but grossly misogynistic

I’m glad I finished it because I always find the inside workings of Facebook interesting. Kills me that this guy had smart and valuable observations about emerging tech but it was completely ruined but the unnecessary and persistent theme of misogyny. The only purpose women served in the story were passive, gross objects in the sidelines of the actually story. It would have been better for him to write this as if women didn’t exist rather than how he referenced them. It’s one thing to think it but how dumb do you have to be to publish this? Read that he lost a job offer at Apple due to his lack of moral alignment, which was the only thing that gave me some hope that men in the tech industry and evolving faster than this guy.

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  • Hadri
  • 2021-06-19

An essential read for PM and entrepreneurs

The biggest selling point of this book is an exploration of human nature. You'll need to look at yourself and others with a clear eye to succeed in this world.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-06-23

A must read

Harsh truth and autobiography of a silicon valley entreprenor.

A deep explanation of the add industry, VC world, acqui-hire and the life at Facebook.