Tubes - Andrew Blum


By Andrew Blum

  • Release Date: 2012-05-29
  • Genre: Internet
  • Size: 1.2 MB
Score: 4.5
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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.


  • Tubes

    By CCgood very offi
    Great book! So this is where the internet plugs into the ground. Living and selling real estate in Ashburn VA for the last 25 years i watched the Internet infrastructure being built one data center at a time. Thanks to Blum I now have real understanding of how it all works together. CC
  • An informative book, for nerds like me!

    By whydoineedanickname??!??
    Blum breaks down the physical internet for the tech minded and the curious as well. It started out slow, and has some dry moments, but this yarn is quite technical and informative. While reading, I found myself doing things like searching for a used Brocade mlx-32 on eBay and googling 56 Marietta, the closest "Internet" in my city.
  • Tubes

    By UGoLong
    I greatly enjoyed this book. I suggest you use Google Earth while you read it so you can find the various sites around the world that the author describes so well.
  • Reads like a great essay

    By Iconolater
    Love it so far, can't wait to finish reading. Thanks to Terry Gross for her interview of the author.
  • Tubes

    By rblum55
    It's amazing! Tubes really does make me think of the Internet in a totally different way. There is just enough technical detail to be informative and easy to read. It's like a travelogue to the important sites of the Internet. It makes a great Father's Day present.