The PayPal Wars

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The PayPal Wars: Battles with eBay, the Media, the Mafia, and the Rest of Planet Earth (2004) is a book by former PayPal marketing executive Eric M. Jackson.


The PayPal Wars is an insider's perspective on the people and events that helped create the company, and its acquisition by eBay in 2002. The book recounts PayPal's clashes with lawyers, regulators, and the Mafia.[1] It also provides background information on PayPal's battles with the Google Checkout payments system.[2] Many of PayPal's founding employees went on to start other companies like LinkedIn, Tesla Motors, YouTube, and Yelp, Inc.;[3] they would become known as the PayPal Mafia.

Critical reception[edit]

The PayPal Wars received awards and acclaim for its writing style and personal narrative. It won the Writers Notes Book Awards as the best business book of the year.[4] The Washington Times said the book is "an absorbing insider's story."[5] Reason Magazine said that it "reads like a spy novel."[6] Tech Central Station said that "It's rare that a business book is a page turner, but The PayPal Wars is."[7] Tom Peters said The PayPal Wars "gives the best description of 'business strategy' unfolding in a world changing at warp speed."[8]


  • The PayPal Wars: Battles with eBay, the Media, the Mafia, and the Rest of Planet Earth, World Ahead Publishing, ISBN 0-9746701-0-3


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