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Billion Dollar Loser


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Reeves Wiedeman is a contributing editor at New York magazine, and has written for the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Harper's, and other publications.


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Wired's Books to Read This Fall
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"A rollicking Hyperloop of a ride."--San Francisco Chronicle
"Billion Dollar Loser would be absorbing enough if it were just one man's grandiosity, but Wiedeman has a larger argument to make about what Neumann represents."--Jennifer Szalai, New York Times
"An impressively reported and fast-moving tale of Neumann and WeWork's co-working house of cards...Wiedeman does a wonderful job uncovering the strange, surreal details that reveal what it was like to be in Neumann's orbit."--Pitchbook
"Wiedeman's finest feat of reporting and double portraiture is his evocation of Neumann's relationship with his financial savior (for a time) Masayoshi Son. . . to delve any further into their relationship would be to give away the plot of "Billion Dollar Loser," which, like the most engrossing nonfiction stories, has a plot indeed, one that only reality could contrive."
--New York Times Book Review, Editors Choice
"When life transcends art, tell it straight. That's what Reeves Wiedeman, a New York contributing editor since 2016, has done with Billion Dollar Loser, the propulsive tale of WeWork's, and Neumann's, rise and fall."--The Atlantic
"A frisky dissection of how a rickety real-estate leasing company tricked the world into seeing it as an immensely valuable, society-shifting tech unicorn....Wiedeman arranges the absurd details of their high lives in the C-suite into a pointillist portrait of wild hubris. "--Wired
"In the distant future, when historians recall the geyser of cash that banks and venture capitalists directed to Silicon Valley, they will almost certainly use the catastrophic collapse of WeWork as a cautionary tale." --Bloomberg
"Move over Theranos, there's a new fallen unicorn in town. Wiedeman deftly takes us inside the much-hyped WeWork and its once venerated founder to find out what really happened--and what really went wrong."--Newsweek
"Wiedeman debuts with a thrilling page-turner. . . . What lifts this book to excellence is Wiedeman's ease at presenting a complex business saga both understandably and entertainingly. Readers will feel like they are in the room with Neumann and his beleaguered colleagues during every twist and turn of this fascinating corporate train wreck."--Publishers Weekly, Starred review
"A swift, tragicomic saga of idealism, avarice, and unfettered ambition--as illuminating about WeWork as the past decade of venture-funded grandiosity, and an excellent case study in the power of branding. Reeves Wiedeman has a talent for the artfully deployed, jaw-dropping detail; there seems to be one on every page. Reading this book gave me the sensation of visiting a Potemkin village after a storm: wires dangling, trompe l'oeil flats at a tilt. Batshit, unsettling, and wholly satisfying."--Anna Wiener, author of Uncanny Valley
"Adam Neumann thought he was the next Steve Jobs. In a vivid, carefully reported drama that readers will gulp down as if it were a fast-paced novel, Reeves Wiedeman follows the charismatic Neumann as he climbs to the mountaintop, then falls off, leaving readers to ponder whether he was a charlatan or a believer, or both, and ponder what this tale teaches about those who blindly followed WeWork up the mountain."--Ken Auletta

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