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About the Author

Jon Ronson is a writer and documentary film maker. His books include Them: Adventures with Extremists, Out of the Ordinary: True Tales of Everyday Craziness, What I Do: More True Tales, The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry, and So You've Been Publicly Shamed. The Men Who show more Stare at Goats was made into a motion picture starring George Clooney in 2009. He will be delivering the opening address at the Brisbane Writers Festival in September 2015. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by Jon Ronson

The Men Who Stare at Goats (2004) 2,127 copies
So You've Been Publicly Shamed (2015) 1,901 copies
Frank (2014) 172 copies
The Elephant in the Room (2016) 118 copies
The Last Days of August (2019) 105 copies
The Butterfly Effect (2017) 103 copies
Clubbed Class (1994) 16 copies

Associated Works

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012 (2012) — Contributor — 199 copies


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Had a lot of valid and interesting points but the way it was written just reminded me of a lost teenager with too many resources to play with.
I am well aware that it was written by a journalist and if you're a fan of that style of writing then it is a good book for you for someone that prefers a more factual, textbook layout in my non-fiction this just came across as bunch of thoughts and arguments half thought out and only semi researched. The topics of the thoughts were entertaining enough but just lacking any substance which is an excellent way to make people further research them on their own - which I sense to be the intention - but if you have already got anything past the bare minimum of the topics it's redundant.… (more)
3cats1dog1idiot | 159 other reviews | Apr 26, 2024 |
An interesting exploration of shame and various iterations of it, with the impetus being online shaming. I was engaged throughout the book and assumed the author would reach a more impactful - or even half-formed - conclusion. He did not. Left it hanging out there for someone else to pick up.
gonzocc | 97 other reviews | Mar 31, 2024 |
This was a very interesting book, that was well written and thought provoking. I would recommend to anyone looking for a good non fiction book to read,
queenofthebobs | 97 other reviews | Mar 25, 2024 |
A masterful writer on an important issue, the uncontrolled (verbal?) violence of online crowds. Twitter shaming and how it ruins lives without control...

The author/book was disappointing in that the problem described very well and personably was not taken apart into its components: why twitter more than others, what alternate positive examples are there, what is the longer term story of this medium, how is it paralleled to other media.

I feel a missed opportunity here from a very talented and entertaining journalist.… (more)
yates9 | 97 other reviews | Feb 28, 2024 |



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