Jon Foro
Jon Foro
Jon has spent over 25 years in the book business--and over 16 years at Amazon.com—buying, selling, and writing about books. He enjoys narrative nonfiction, literary fiction, and adventure and nature writing, especially books about bears.

Recent posts by Jon

ExplainWorld

Observation in Retrograde: Tracing the Origins of Modern Science

Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Weinberg’s To Explain the World thoughtfully guides readers through the history of scientific process, with its centuries of trial and error, dead ends and successes, and, above all, the perseverance and curiosity that has shaped the ways that we observe and understand the world around us.

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FutureCrimes

Les Fleurs du Malware: Five Pitfalls of the Information Age

It won't surprise many people to read that computers, networks, and personal information are under constant attack. Most of us install a commonly available anti-virus program, mind our clicks (mostly), and hope for the best.

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GreatLeader

A Primer on the Existence and Seeming Nuttiness of North Korea

“Nukes and human rights atrocities are bad for business.” The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot author Blaine Harden on the inscrutable, ominous, and just plain strange Hermit Kingdom.

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Interstellar05

Straight on Till Morning: Iconic Images from the Voyager Missions

I was too young to remember the moon missions. By the mid-1970s, the country had overcome its zeal for space exploration, leaving grainy tape of Apollo-Soyuz and Evel Knievel rocket bikes as sorry substitutes for a generation of Star Trek-addled brains yearning to go where no one had gone before.

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Gordon

Authentic Voices: New Memoirs from Kim Gordon and Robert Christgau

Unfortunately, sometimes great things just don't get along. Cats and dogs. Bacon and ice cream. Musicians and music critics. Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and renowned critic Robert Christgau offer their thoughts on their careers, their heroes, and the relationship between musician and reviewer.

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Ramone01

Hey, Ho, Let's Go! On the Road with the Ramones

Marky is a punk. Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone is his unflinching account of his life with the iconic New York rock band, from the rooftops of fame to the gutters of addiction.

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WhatIDoCover

It's What She Does: The Remarkable Life and Photographs of Lynsey Addario

Lynsey Addario's passport reads like a litany of misery. An aspiring photojournalist at the moment of 9/11, Addario was recruited to record the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan. Her decision to go launched her career as one of the world's most dedicated and celebrated chroniclers of human conflict.

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Life

100 Biographies & Memoirs to Read in a Lifetime

We're a quixotic lot, we Amazon Books editors. I mean, we knew it was an impossible task to boil down literature to 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime, but we gave it a shot. Then we did it again...

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Jaguars-Children

"The Jaguar's Children" and John Vaillant's Mexico

"One sunny October day in my early twenties, I swam across the Rio Grande. The current was strong, the water cool and thick with silt. I made the far bank in a couple of minutes and, once there, stood naked beneath a cliff with river mud oozing between my toes."

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ABR-KJIP_Cover

The Dear Director: Essential North Korean Cinema

North Korea has a complex relationship with the movies. Most people with access to TV, internet, or ears are familiar with The Interview and the recent kerfuffle that the assassination comedy caused when the DPRK apparat took notice, and then offense. But the story goes much farther back than that.

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