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Happy at Any Cost

Kirsten Grind

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Kirsten Grind

Happy at Any Cost

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 - 7:30pm PDT

Warwick's
7812 Girard Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037
Happy at Any Cost
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$27.99+tax: One reserved seat and one copy of HAPPY AT ANY COST, to be picked up at Warwick's the evening of the event

PLEASE NOTE: Although this event is free and open to the public, free admittance is subject to available space. When reserved seating reaches capacity, we will not be able to accommodate additional attendees. To ensure admittance, we encourage you to reserve seating for everyone in your party in advance. Reserved Seating is available when Happy at Any Cost is pre-ordered from Warwick's through the linked green "Reserve Seats Here" button above. Only books purchased from Warwick's will be signed. Please call the Warwick's Book Dept. (858) 454-0347 for details.

On Wednesday, April 13th at 7:30pm Warwick's will host Kirsten Grind as she discusses and signs her new book, Happy at Any Cost: The Revolutionary Vision and Fatal Quest of Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh. Kirsten Grind is an enterprise reporter for The Wall Street Journal, where she has worked since 2012. She has received more than a dozen national awards for her work, including a Pulitzer Prize finalist citation and a Loeb Award. Her first book, The Lost Bank, was named the best investigative book of 2012 by the Investigative Reporters & Editors Association. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Tony Hsieh - CEO of Zappos, Las Vegas developer, and all-around beloved entrepreneur - was famous for spreading happiness. He lived and breathed this philosophy, instilling an ethos of joy at his company and outlining his vision for a better workplace in his New York Times bestseller Delivering Happiness. He promoted a workplace where bosses treated employees like family members, where stress was replaced by playfulness, and where hierarchies were replaced with equality and collaboration. His outlook shaped Silicon Valley and the larger business world.

Hsieh used his position at work to integrate levity into a normally competitive environment. He aspired to build his own utopian cities, pouring millions of dollars into real estate and small businesses, first in downtown Las Vegas, Nevada - where Zappos was headquartered - and then in Park City, Utah. He gave generously to his employees and close friends, including throwing infamous Zappos parties and organizing gatherings at his home, an Airstream trailer park.

When Hsieh died suddenly in November of 2020, the news shook the business and tech world. Wall Street Journal reporters Kirsten Grind and Katherine Sayre quickly realized the importance of the story because of Hsieh's stature in the industry, but as they dug into the details of his final months, they realized there was a bigger story to tell. They found that Hsieh's obsession with happiness masked his darker struggles with addiction, mental health, and loneliness. In the last year of his life, he spiraled out of control, cycling out of rehab and into the waiting arms of friends who enabled his worst behavior, even as he bankrolled them from his billion-dollar fortune.

Happy at Any Cost sheds light on one of the most venerated, yet vulnerable, business leaders of our time. It's about our culture's intense need to find "happiness" at all costs, our misguided worship of entrepreneurs, the stigmas still surrounding mental health, and how the trappings of fame can mask all types of deeper problems. In turn, it reveals how we conceptualize success - and define happiness - in our modern age.

Happy at Any Cost: The Revolutionary Vision and Fatal Quest of Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh By Kirsten Grind, Katherine Sayre Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781982186982
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - March 15th, 2022