Title THE LEAP: A MEMOIR OF LOVE AND MADNESS IN THE INTERNET GOLD RUSH
Book Condition Very Good/Very Good
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2000
0395839343 / 9780395839348
Seller ID RWARE0000036279
In 1996, Tom Ashbrook was an international reporter who, in a crisis of the soul, resolved to join an old college classmate on the Internet rocket rid e. THE LEAP tells the story of how he walked away from an enviable career t o launch a risky new business venture, and it could serve as a template for anyone with e-commerce fantasies. As a deeply felt tale of a man who risks and rediscovers his family and purpose, it also has all the hallmarks of a classic. Ashbrook undertakes his white-knuckle journey in pursuit of the d ream of an Internet startup without business experience, a technical backgr ound, or money. "I always knew you would do something crazy in the middle o f your life," his wife, Danielle, tells him as their relationship careens t hrough a dramatic rebirth of its own. "I just never knew it would be this k ind of crazy." Ashbrook's odyssey is also the great American joy ride -- th e story of two guys in the laboratory, in the garage, on the frontier, bett ing the ranch and then racing, half scared out of their wits, half giddy wi th adrenaline, toward the finish line. Success, when it finally comes, is s weet, but it is Ashbrook's story of self-transformation along the way that wins our hearts with its candor, its unabashed zeal, and the self-deprecati ng humor the author shares as he throws himself and his family over the edg e in the middle of life to reach out for a new beginning.