Nicholas Carr is the author of The Shallows, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, The Glass Cage, and Utopia is Creepy. He has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Atlantic, and Wired. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife.
A boldly reactionary book... Its thesis is simple and persuasive. The things that we do have a physical effect on our brains... What looks like feast, Carr argues, may be closer to famine... The internet is a distraction machine. -- Sam Leith * Sunday Times * Essential reading about our internet age. * New York Times Book Review * The most readable overview of the science and history of human cognition to date... Carr draws some chilling inferences. * The Economist * An elegantly written cry of anguish... Hair-raising. -- John Harris * Guardian * Carr straddles the book-dominated and web-dominated worlds and is at home in both... Mild-mannered, never polemical, with nothing of the Luddite about him, Carr makes his points with wide-ranging erudition. -- Christopher Caldwell * Financial Times * Unhurried... even-handed... Carr constantly emphasises the fact that screen technologies are neither evil nor miraculous in their effects on the human mind... What is certain, however, is that our minds will change... A worthy illustration that books do indeed enable deep reflection. -- Susan Greenfield * Literary Review * Absorbing [and] disturbing * Wall Street Journal * I have not only given this book to numerous friends, I actually changed my life in response to it. -- Jonathan Safran Foer An important and timely book. See if you can stay off the Web long enough to read it! -- Elizabeth Kolbert This is a book to shake up the world. -- Ann Patchett