• Utterly engrossing. The year's most original and stimulating 'travel' book. Even the most geek-wary of readers will enjoy

    Independent, Book of the Week
  • Entertaining and illuminating. Excels at rooting the Internet in real-world locations. Full of memorable images that make its complex architecture easier to comprehend

  • An engaging reminder that, cyber-Utopianism aside, the Internet is as much a thing of flesh and steel as any industrial-age lumber mill or factory ... An excellent introduction to the nuts and bolts of how exactly it all works and a timely antidote to oft-repeated abstractions about "cyberspace" or "cloud computing"

  • Makes hard-to-grasp concepts easy to understand, even obvious. The history, in particular, is one of the best and most memorable I have ever read

    New Scientist
  • A Quixotic and winning book with a knack for bundling packets of data into memorable observations. This valuable book leaves you with its share of unsettling visions, but there are comic ones too

    The New York Times
  • For a full understanding of the Internet on every level, this book is a must-read

  • A great, playful, wondrous read

  • Blum is perhaps the millennial generation's John McPhee, chronicling an arcane journey of deep relevance to everyday life. For non-techies, the book is a very accessible revelation

  • All too awesome to behold. Andrew Blum's fascinating book demystifies the earthly geography of this most ethereal terra incognita

    Joshua Foer, author of Moonwalking with Einstein
  • A brilliantly smart idea executed with investigative skill and flair. Readers will never send an email so carelessly again.

    Independent Books of the Year

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