"This is a bold and brave book. Its message deserves to go viral.”

David M. Kennedy - Pulitzer-Prize winning author of Freedom From Fear

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“Overconnected is a new, brilliant and provocative polemic on the miracle and curse of the Internet.  And more.  Chapter 5, The Ghost In Our Midst, is on its own, invaluable.  Read this if you’re passionate about innovation, business, policy….or (just) the future.”
John Doerr, General Partner Kleiner, Perkins, Caulfield, and Byers

“A superlative job. Bill Davidow goes where no one has gone before: to explore what’s gone wrong with the Internet, and to be courageous enough to suggest we might need to give up some of its benefits to avoid its contagions.

Bill Davidow weaves a tapestry of many different materials in building his case that the Internet has, like many ‘popular delusions’ of the past, done us harm by over-connectivity. His bona fides as a high-tech savant allows him to go where others might fear to go: to criticize ‘progress,’ and predict disaster from continued unregulated use of the Internet, the most powerful device of inter-connectivity ever invented.

Policy-makers need to read Overconnected, or they’ll be condemned to irrelevance. It’s a hugely important book that takes on the greatest communications invention of all time, and finds it wanting. The book has direct and powerful relevance for finance, telecommunications, urban planning, and environmental policy. The author draws amazingly powerful insights from across many different fields, and frightens as well as enlightens, the reader.”
Tom Campbell, Former Dean, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley; 5-term U.S. Congressman.

“I don’t think I have ever read a book with more “ah hah” moments.  Suddenly I get it.   I now appreciate the importance and danger of positive feedback for the economy, the role of the computerized trading in the 1987 stock market crash and the role of the internet in the 2008 financial crisis.   The book is brilliant, original, sobering and fascinating.  It is an extraordinarily important.   Read it.”
John Shoven, Director of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research

“Overconnected has the wonderful effect of explaining seemingly unrelated problems in a way that instantly makes sense once it is pointed out, and that also suggests feasible corrections. One of the pioneers of the modern technology shows how the unanticipated effects of the Internet are distorting economics, politics, international relations, and individual lives. This book is clear, original, and worth being widely read”.
James Fallows– Author and National Correspondent for The Atlantic

“Bill Davidow artfully employs historical analogies — many of them startlingly novel, like the case -of “Head-On Joe Connolly” — to ask some penetrating questions about the Internet Revolution and its implications for commerce, finance, politics, and culture. Written with punch and passion, Overconnected invokes examples from the South Sea Bubble and the economic implosion of Iceland to the rise of Chicago and the near-demise of New Orleans to demonstrate the in-built vulnerability of inter-connected systems. Davidow argues compellingly that connectivity without coordination is a formula for chronic instability — and that hyperconnection without coordination is a formula for mega-catastrophe, as recent events have shown. This is a bold and brave book. Its message deserves to go viral.”
David M. Kennedy, Pulitzer-Prize winning author of Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945, is Professor of History emeritus and Co-Director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University.

“As has been his wont in the past, Bill Davidow has once again put his finger squarely on the most salient risk in contemporary economic life.  Then it was the rise of the virtual corporation (an idea Bill surfaced over twenty years ago), now it is overconnectedness and all the issues of contagion it implies. Most futurism is bunk.  Bill’s is the real deal.  Let his thoughtfulness deepen your own.”
Geoffrey Moore, Author, Crossing the Chasm


Overconnected released January 2011 by Delphinium Books & in e-book formats by Open Road Integrated Media