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Lisa Baertlein

Reuters

Software titan Larry Ellison has been busy scribbling footnotes to the most detailed account yet of his outsized life....He also responds and sometimes challenges the account of author Matthew Symonds -- a twist in presentation that adds a real-time feel to the 500-page biography.



"Harvard Business Review"

A sympathetic and revealing portrait of an idiosyncratic executive and company....Entertaining.



"The New York Times"

The access ÝSymonds¨ got is apparent....This access gives the reader a rare window on Ellison's mind.



"Financial Times"

An unusually candid study of how a tiny start-up...grew -- sometimes painfully -- into a Silicon Valley institution.



"BusinessWeek"

Symonds excels at letting readers into the 59-year-old Ellison's often turbulent personal life....Ýand¨ provides a wonderful image of an Ellison who is far from being all-business.



Lisa Baertlein Reuters Software titan Larry Ellison has been busy scribbling footnotes to the most detailed account yet of his outsized life....He also responds and sometimes challenges the account of author Matthew Symonds -- a twist in presentation that adds a real-time feel to the 500-page biography.

"BusinessWeek" Symonds excels at letting readers into the 59-year-old Ellison's often turbulent personal life....[and] provides a wonderful image of an Ellison who is far from being all-business.

"Harvard Business Review" A sympathetic and revealing portrait of an idiosyncratic executive and company....Entertaining.

"The New York Times" The access [Symonds] got is apparent....This access gives the reader a rare window on Ellison's mind.

"Financial Times" An unusually candid study of how a tiny start-up...grew -- sometimes painfully -- into a Silicon Valley institution.

About the Author

Matthew Symonds is currently political editor of The Economist, but before that was the magazine's technology and communications editor for nearly four years. He has also been a founding editorial director of The Independent and strategy director of BBC Worldwide Television. Symonds lives in London with his wife and three children.

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