The company so famous that its name is in common use as a verb is about to get a biography. Pulitzer Prize—winning Washington Post business reporter David Vise has signed with Ann Harris at Bantam Dell to write The Google Story, which traces the search engine from its founding by a pair of graduate students in 1998 to its global reach and multibillion-dollar revenues today. Vise will tell the story as a chronological narrative that also embraces the populist style of the company, its technological expertise and the challenges success has brought. The world rights sale was made by agent Ronald Goldfarb.