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The size of the: 933 KB
Edition: Hachette Books
Date of issue: January 17th 2012
ISBN: 140131077X
The author of the book: Alexandra Robbins
Language: English
Format files: PDF
ISBN 13: 9781401310776

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The title is, unfortunately, simply wrong.

This *should* have been much more compelling. As an academic, an educator, a past and present (and future) geek, one with geeklings of my own, and a guy who genuinely wants to be optimistic about our future as a country and a species, I'd love to read about how the geeks - intelligent, semi-obsessive nerds who get way too into some abstruse knowledge - are going to take over and turn our overly pragmatic and materialistic society into the Star Trek universe of Gene Roddenberry and Gary Gygax's dreams.

Didn't happen in this book.

What we get instead is a series of fairly dull anecdotes. No significant statistical analysis. Poor scholarship. And word choices that make it very clear that Robbins has a chip on her shoulder about the size of a Borg cube. She *wants* geeks to win, so she uses snarky language to insult anyone who is mean to her adoptive 'subjects'...but totally ignores any evidence that might actually, you know, prove her thesis. Instead, she just comes across as even more judgmental and mean-spirited than the jerks who used to give all us geeks swirlies back in the day. Replacing one group of oppressive goons with your own is not the future I'm looking for. Happily, Robbins is just a lone voice in the wilderness, some distance away from the actually interesting advances in geek culture which have come about because, thanks to teh intahrnets, we can now find each other.

Mind you, while Robbins' thesis is deeply clouded by her personal wish-fulfillment, it's at least more sincere than all these yahoos jumping on the geek bandwagon because of the (90% false) belief that this is somehow a cultural watershed moment for nerds. The world is still, sadly, owned by business majors and jocks. Nerds do tech support and serve as the butt of jokes. The big difference is that improved communications technologies mean we now have conferences and readily available support groups. That's awesome, but let's not fall victim to the echo-chamber effect, guys.

Verdict: Go read *anything* by Wil Wheaton instead.

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The author of five New York Times bestselling books, author Alexandra Robbins is the recipient of the prestigious 2014 John Bartlow Martin Award for Public Interest Magazine Journalism (given by the Medill School of Journalism), a 2016 Exceptional Merit in Media Award (given by the National Women's Political Caucus), and the winner of the 2014 Donald Robinson Memorial Award for Investigative Journalism and the 2014 June Roth Award for Medical Journalism. She has written for a variety of publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, and Forbes. Robbins regularly appears in the national media, on shows such as "60 Minutes," "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "The Today Show," "The View," "The Colbert Report" and "Anderson Cooper 360."

The winner of the 2007 Heartsongs Award for contributions to the mental health of children and young adults, Robbins is also a frequent public speaker and a judge for the National MS Society’s Books for a Better Life Awards.

Hailed by the press as “an excellent stylist and a first-rate mind” and “a media celebrity,” Robbins has developed a riveting signature style of investigative journalism that reads like a fast-paced work of fiction. The New York Times said Robbins’ latest book, The Overachievers, an Editors’ Choice, “reads like very good ...fiction, thanks to its winning cast, its surprising plot twists and its pushy parents.” People Magazine named The Overachievers its Critics’ Choice, gave it four out of four stars and called it “impossible to put down,” and Entertainment Weekly called it “quick and riveting.”

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