Weekend at the Library 2024, Kara Swisher Burn Book

Kara Swisher

Several times a week, award-winning journalist Kara Swisher gets to the heart of the story through no-holds-barred interviews with power players across business, tech, media, politics and beyond. Swisher is the host of hit podcasts, such as On[as in “It’s on!”) with Kara Swisher. Swisher co-hosts Pivot, a podcast with thought leader, Scott Galloway, appears as a regular panelist on CNN’s “The Chris Wallace Show,” has worked for The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times,and hosts another hit, the NY Times podcast, Sway

Swisher recently authored the instant NY Times Bestseller, BURN BOOK:

Described by the WSJ’s Walt Mossberg as “part memoir, part history [and] a necessary chronicle of tech’s most powerful players from the ‘queen of all media.’” Booklist describes Swisher as “the bad-ass journalist and OG chronicler of Silicon Valley who takes no prisoners in [her] highly readable look at the evolution of the digital world. Bawdy, brash, and compulsively thought-provoking, just like its author, Burn Book sizzles;” it’s a witty, scathing, but fair accounting of the tech industry and its founders – who wanted to change the world but broke it instead.

Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Sheryl Sandberg, Bob Iger, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Meg Whitman, Peter Thiel, Sam Altman, and Mark Zuckerberg are just a few whom Swisher made sweat — figuratively and, in Zuckerberg’s case, literally. Despite the damage she chronicles, Swisher remains optimistic about tech’s potential to help solve problems and not just create them. She calls upon the industry to make better, more thoughtful choices, even as a new set of powerful AI tools is poised to change the world yet again. At its heart, this book is a love story to, for, and about tech from someone who knows it better than anyone.

“Even if it was never the intention, tech companies became key players in killing our community and stymieing our politics, our government, our social fabric, and most of all, our minds, by seeding isolation, outrage, and addictive behavior. Innocuous boy-kings who wanted to make the world a better place and ended up cosplaying Darth Vader feels like science fiction. But everything I am about to tell you really happened.” 

Kara Swisher, BURN BOOK: A Tech Love Story

Weekend at the Library 2024, Kara Swisher Burn Book
Weekend at the Library 2024, Kara Swisher Burn Book
Weekend at the Library 2024, Kara Swisher Burn Book
  • Once called Silicon Valley’s most feared (but well liked) journalist, Swisher has established herself as the oracle of the tech world with unrivaled access to the industry’s most significant leaders. Swisher has been reporting on the industry since the early 1990s
  • Currently host/co-host of two hit podcasts: “On with Kara Swisher,” and “Pivot” co-hosted with Scott Galloway (plus a limited run “Succession” podcast for HBO)
  • In 2023, Kara: 
    • Was profiled in Vanity Fair
    • Played herself on “The Simpsons” (and before that, played herself on “Silicon Valley”)
    • Became a regular panelist on CNN’s “The Chris Wallace Show”
  • Awards: The Hollywood Reporter’s list of “Podcast Power Players” in 2022 and 2023, and the 2023 Out 100. She also received the “Pioneer Icon” award at the 2023 iHeart Podcast Awards. Additionally, Pivot was named one of the “Best Podcasts of 2022” by the New York Times and “Best Thought Leadership Podcast” at the 2022 Adweek Audio Awards. HBO’s Succession podcast, was named Adweek’s 2023 “Podcast of the Year.” 
  • Podcast distinctions: “Pivot” frequently reaches #1 in its category in Apple Podcasts
    “Pivot” is a two-time winner of Adweek’s Best Thought Leadership Podcast (2019 and 2022)
    “Pivot” has won Best Business & Finance Podcast (2021) and Technology Podcast (2023) in the iHeart Podcast Awards
    “Pivot” named one of Semafor’s Best Podcasts of 2023
    “On with Kara Swisher” debuted in the top 10 in Apple Podcasts
    “On with Kara Swisher” frequently reaches the top five in its category in Apple Podcasts
  • In addition to the tech moguls in her book, she’s interviewed hundreds of high-profile people, including: President Barack Obama, Sec. Hillary Clinton, Stacey Abrams, Liz Cheney, Sacha Baron Cohen, Spike Lee, Monica Lewinsky, Kim Kardashian, Geena Davis, Mike Birgiglia, Martina Navratilova, Martha Stewart, Conan O’Brien, Chris Christie, Esther Perel, Brooke Shields, and many more.