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Andrew Blum is a journalist and the author of Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet, the first book-length look at the physical infrastructure of the Internet. Tubes has been translated into ten languages, and has become a crucial reference for journalists, politicians, and entrepreneurs eager to understand how the Internet works. Blum's writing about architecture, design, technology, urbanism, art, and travel has appeared in numerous publications, including Wired, Popular Science, Vanity Fair, and the New York Times.

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"Fascinating and unique. . . . [A] captivating behind-the-scenes tour of how (and where) the Internet works. . . . [Blum] has a gift for breathing life into his subjects."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Blum paints a vivid picture of the Internet, and gives a sense that it is more than just the mysterious interstitial digital space between your computer and mine. It is, increasingly, the backbone that supports our daily life, and Mr. Blum is an able anatomist."--New York Journal of Books
"Clever, enterprising . . . Tubes uncovers an Internet that resembles nothing so much as a fantastic steam-punk version of itself."--Boston Globe
"Quixotic and winning. . . . Valuable, comic. . . . [Blum has] a knack for bundling packets of data into memorable observations. What makes Tubes more than an unusual sort of travel book, is [Blum's] sense of moral curiosity."--New York Times
"Tubes is an absorbing tale of this new technology, as well as a wonderful account of the Internet's growth and the people who made it possible."--Science News
"A compelling story of an altogether new realm where the virtual world meets the physical."--Paul Goldberger, author of Why Architecture Matters
"At once funny, prosaic, sinister and wise . . . A beautifully written account of the true human cost of all our remote connectivity."--Bella Bathurst, author of The Lighthouse Stevensons
"Compelling and profound. . . . For the first time, Tubes brings the 'network of networks' into stirring, and surprising, relief. You will never open an email in quite the same way again."--Tom Vanderbilt, bestselling author of Traffic
"Every web site, every email, every instant message travels through real junctions in a real network of real cables. It's all too awesome to behold. Andrew Blum's fascinating book demystifies the earthly geography of this most ethereal terra incognita."--Joshua Foer, bestselling author of Moonwalking with Einstein
"With infectious wonder, Blum introduces us to the Internet's geeky wizards and takes us on an amiably guided tour of the world they've created, a world of wires and routers through which most of us daily wander . . . but which few of us have ever really seen."--Donovan Hohn, author of Moby-Duck

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