dot.conned :: the greatest story every sold (HarperCollins : 372 pages, $25.95) perhaps ia shoddy book about dot-com mania, and i take comfort in the fact that none other that new york times agrees with me on this. having enjoyed john cassidy’s piercing writings in the new yorker often, i was disappointed by his tome. it seemed to me the book was nothing but a collection of news clips – lexis nexis can do that within seconds these days you know – and some personal anecdotes. further let down came in the writing itself. brits, thanks to their sardonic and self depricating sense of humor and mastery of the queen’s language normally out enjoyable books. but was totally devoid of any charm, color or character. to call it insipid would be generous. or perhaps i am baised – i did live the dot-com bubble.