Books: High Times in the Valley

In Po Bronson's rosy view of the start-up sagas of Silicon Valley, even failure seems exciting

Po Bronson wants you to feel Silicon Valley's heartbeat. He wants you to know why people pour in from around the globe to struggle at no-name start-ups and fight for $1,200 studios next to strip malls. The valley is the epicenter of the digital revolution, the soul of change. Its lure must be more than a crass grab for cash, right?

Much more, according to Bronson, who views life in the high-tech mecca as nothing less than an existential journey. From the opening chapter of The Nudist on the Late Shift (Random House; 248 pages; $25), when he gushes about "meeting...

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