BOOK REVIEW | The Everything War


Amazon’s ruthless quest to own the world and remake corporate power

By Dana Mattioli

From veteran Amazon reporter for The Wall Street Journal, The Everything War is the first untold, devastating exposé of Amazon’s endless strategic greed, its pursuit of total domination, by any means necessary, and the growing efforts to stop it.

For over twenty years, Amazon was the quintessential American success story, whilst its “customer obsession” approach made it indelibly attractive to consumers across the globe.

The company was not benevolent; it operated in ways that ensured it stayed on top, coming to dominate over a dozen industries beyond retail, growing voraciously by abusing data, exploiting partners, copying competitors, and avoiding taxes – leveraging its power to extract whatever it could, at any cost and without much scrutiny. Until now.

Driven by a competitive edge

With unparalleled access, and having interviewed hundreds of people – from Amazon executives to competitors to small businesses who rely on its marketplace to survive – Dana Mattioli exposes how Amazon was driven by a competitive edge to dominate every industry it entered, bulldozed all who stood in its way, reshaped the retail landscape, transformed how Wall Street evaluates companies, and altered the very nature of the global economy.

In 2023, the Federal Trade Commission filed a monopoly lawsuit against Amazon in what may become one of the largest antitrust cases in the 21st century.

As Amazon’s supremacy is finally challenged, The Everything War is the definitive, inside story of how it grew into one of the most powerful and feared companies in the world – and why this is the most consequential business story of our times.

About the author

Dana Mattioli is an American journalist and writer who currently works as the investigative reporter on Amazon for The Wall Street Journal. She won a Gerald Loeb Award in 2021 for Deadline and Beat Reporting.

She graduated from American University.

  • PUBLISHER | Penguin Random House SA |
  • ISBN | 9781911709572 |
  • Recommended Retail Price | R420.00 |
  • Classification | Exposé |


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