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The Players Ball

A Genius, a Con Man, and the Secret History of the Internet's Rise
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Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
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"An engrossing microcosm of the internet’s Wild West years" (Kirkus Reviews), award-winning journalist David Kushner tells the incredible battle between the founder of Match.com and the con man who swindled him out of the website Sex.com, resulting in an all-out war for control for what still powers the internet today: love and sex.

In 1994, visionary entrepreneur Gary Kremen used a $2,500 loan to create the first online dating service, Match.com. Only five percent of Americans were using the internet at the time, and even fewer were looking online for love. He quickly bought the Sex.com domain too, betting the combination of love and sex would help propel the internet into the mainstream.

Imagine Kremen’s surprise when he learned that someone named Stephen Michael Cohen had stolen the rights to Sex.com and was already making millions that Kremen would never see. Thus follows the wild true story of Kremen’s and Cohen’s decade-long battle for control. In The Players Ball, author and journalist David Kushner provides a front seat to these must-hear Wild West years online, when innovators and outlaws battled for power and money.

This cat-and-mouse game between a genius and a con man changed the way people connect forever, and is key to understanding the rise and future of the online world.

"Kushner delivers a fast-paced, raunchy tale of sex, drugs, and dial-up." (Publishers Weekly)

©2019 David Kushner (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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  • Austin Pierce
  • 25-04-19

One Hell of a Book

The story and telling of it are amazing. It’s a rare book. I highly recommend it.

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  • Lowball
  • 14-04-19

How sex and the web intercorse

This is the tale of the evolution of the web being used to on one hand to connect people in a dating site and the abuses that made millions in using it to distribute pornography. It stems from a feud between two people and their egos. At times it seems comical to the point of slapstick and at other times it seems an unavoidable train wreck. It lacks the gripping power of high drama. Its base nature leaves it shear vaudeville. Frankly, I lost interest towards the end for the sheer inability of the main protagonists to become adults.

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