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So You've Been Publicly Shamed Hardcover – 31 Mar 2015

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books (31 Mar. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594487138
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594487132
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 355 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 767,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Gutsy and smart. Without losing any of the clever agility that makes his books so winning, he has taken on truly consequential material and risen to the challenge....fascinating...shocking...Mr. Ronson's gift for detail-picking is, as ever, a treat." -The New York Times

"A sharp-eyed and often hilarious book...Jon Ronson has written a fresh, big-hearted take on an important and timely topic. He has nothing to be ashamed of."

"A diligent investigator and a wry, funny writer, Ronson manages to be at once academic and entertaining." -The Boston Globe

"This is a wonderful book." -Jon Stewart

"This book really needed to be written."

"Required reading for the internet age." - Entertainment Weekly

"With an introspective and often funny lens, [Ronson] tracks down those whose blunders have exploded in the public eye...So You've Been Publicly Shamed is an insightful, well-researched, and important text about how we react to others' poor decisions." -The Huffington Post

"Personable and empathetic, Ronson is an entertaining guide to the odd corners of the shame-o-sphere." -The Minneapolis Star Tribune

"It's sharply observed, amusingly told, and, while its conclusions may stop just short of profound, the true pleasure of the book lies in arriving at those conclusions."
-The Onion

"Like all of Ronson's books, this one is hard to put down, but you will absolutely do so at some point to Google yourself."

"An irresistibly gossipy cocktail with a chaser of guilt." -Newsday

"With So You've Been Publicly Shamed Ronson has written a timely, interesting and titillating read for any Internet drama junkie."

"[A] simultaneously lightweight and necessary book." -Esquire

"A work of original, inspired journalism, it considers thecomplex dynamics between those who shame and those who are shamed, both of whom can become the focus ofsocial media's grotesque, disproportionate judgments." -The Financial Times

"[So You've Been Publicly Shamed] is both entertaining and fair -- a balance we could use a lot more of, online and off." -Vulture

"Ronson is an entertaining and provocative writer, with a broad reach ...[So You've Been Publicly Shamed] is a well-reported, entertainingly written account of an important subject." -The Oregonian

"Ronson is a fun writer to read...fascinating." -Fast Company

"I was mesmerized. And I was also disturbed." -Forbes

"[So You've Been Publicly Shamed] promises to be the most relevant book of the year." -FlavorWire

"I was sickly fascinated by the book. I think it's Ronson's best book." -Mark Frauenfelder for BoingBoing

"With confidence, verve, and empathy, Ronson skillfully informs and engages the reader without excusing those caught up in the shame game. As he stresses, we are the ones wielding this incredible power over others' lives, often with no regard for the lasting consequences of our actions." -Starred Booklist Review

"Clever and thought-provoking, this book has the potential to open an important dialogue about faux moral posturing online and its potentially disastrous consequences." -Publishers Weekly

"Relentlessly entertaining and thought-provoking." -The Guardian

"Certainly, no reader could finish it without feeling a need to be gentler online, to defer judgment, not to press the retweet button, to resist that primal impulse to stoke the fires of shame." -The Times

"Excruciating, un-put-downable...So You've Been Publicly Shamed is a gripping read, packed with humor and compassion and Ronson's characteristic linguistic juggling of the poignant and the absurd."

"A powerful and rewarding read, a book utterly of the moment."--The Hamilton Spectator

"Ronson is a lovely, fluid writer, and he has a keen eye for painful, telling details." --The Bloomberg View

"Fascinating and trenchant." -The Denver Post

"[Ronson] is one of our most important modern day thinkers...[So You've Been Publicly Shamed] is one of the most therapeutic books imaginable." - US News & Word Report

"Personable and empathetic, Ronson is an entertaining guide to the odd corners of the shame-o-sphere." -The Houston Chronicle

"[A] satirical Malcolm Gladwell... an accessible, fun read." - Everyday Ebook

"We love Jon Ronson. He's thoughtful and very funny. [So You've Been Publicly Shamed] is a great book about the way the internet can gang up on people and shame them, when they deserve it, when they don't deserve it and it's great." - Judd Apatow

"Jon Ronson is unreal. So You've Been Publicly Shamed -everyone should read that book. He's one of my favorite human beings." - Bill Hader

"[A] brilliant, thought-provoking book - a fascinating examination of citizen justice, which has enjoyed a great renaissance since the advent of the internet." - Tatler

"A terrifying and keen insight into a new form of misguided mass hysteria." - Jesse Eisenberg

"A fascinating exploration of modern media and public shaming... It's a great conversation starter. Is Twitter the new Salem Witch trials?"- Reese Witherspoon

About the Author

Jon Ronson's books include the New York Times bestsellers The Psychopath Test and Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries, and international bestsellers Them: Adventures with Extremists and The Men Who Stare at Goats. He also cowrote the screenplay for Frank, which will be released in theaters August 2014, and which stars Michael Fassbender and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Ronson is a regular contributor to This American Life and lives in London and New York City.

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